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The Virtual Dementia Tour™ is an evidenced based education tool to improve understanding and quality of care of people living with dementia. It allows people to experience first-hand what it is like to live with dementia by means of sensory stimulation.
"We are thrilled to partner with Community Vision Australia as two leading not-for-profit community organisations located on opposite sides of the country," Churches of Christ in Queensland Executive Director Services, Bryan Mason said.
"We have a unified vision to further develop the aged care sector and wider communities' understanding about the prevalence of dementia and the social and economic impact this illness has on our nation.
"The inescapable fact is that we need to act now to force change," Mr Mason said.
"Dementia will impact most of us throughout our lives in one way or another, and it is time to bring that conversation to the forefront," Community Vision Australia CEO Michelle Jenkins said.
"We need to acknowledge the impact dementia has on those living with the disease, their families and care givers within our community," Ms Jenkins said.
The VDT™ encompasses a 10 minute immersive experience, followed by a facilitated 30 minute debrief by a qualified certified trainer, which assists to raise awareness and educate aged care staff to be more empathetic and compassionate when engaging with and delivering care to people living with dementia.
It is at the forefront in driving social change and is creating shared value across the diverse sectors. This education fosters a deeper community connectedness and is creating safe and supportive environments for families, friends and communities.
"Churches of Christ in Queensland's collaborative partnership with CVA demonstrates our unified approach and commitment to raising standards in dementia care to improve outcomes for people living with a diagnosis, their loved ones and the wider community," Mr Mason said.
"Together we are challenging industry norms and leading the way to creating social change," Mr Mason said.
The VDT™ meets an existing and emerging need with an estimated 447,115 Australians currently living with dementia, expected to rise to over 1.07 million by 2058 (Dementia Australia, 2019). Dementia is the second leading cause of death overall and the leading cause of death among women in Australia (ABS, 2018). It is estimated that around 1.5 million Australians are currently involved in the care of a person living with dementia (Dementia Australia, 2019).
The VDT™, exclusively licenced to CofCQ in Australia, is embedded in more than 20 countries and has impacted more than three million people.
Further Information on the VDT™ can be found at www.virtualdementiatouraustralia.com.au. Alternatively contact the VDT™ team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 970 733.