CofCQ and LASA partner in dementia-specific educational tool

Churches of Christ in Queensland (CofCQ) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, are pleased to announce their partnership in an educational tool to improve understanding and quality of care of people living with dementia.

The Virtual Dementia Tour™ allows people to experience first-hand what it is like to live with dementia by means of sensory stimulation.

It 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.

The VDT™, exclusively licenced to CofCQ, is used in more than 20 countries and has positively impacted more than 3 million people.

Churches of Christ in Queensland’s Chief Executive Officer, Gary Edwards said, “This collaborative partnership with LASA demonstrates a unified commitment and well-defined vision to further develop the aged care sector’s understanding on dementia, to improve individualised quality of care.

“The VDT™ is at the forefront in driving positive social change and is creating shared value across the sector. This education fosters a deeper community connectedness and is creating safe and supportive environments for families, friends and communities.”

“This is an important initiative given the increasing numbers of older Australians living with dementia,” said LASA CEO Sean Rooney.

“This partnership demonstrates the commitment of LASA and Churches of Christ in Queensland in providing innovative solutions to help the carers of people living with dementia. “Our ageing population presents an innovation imperative for the age services industry. “We need to accelerate innovation and collaboration in our industry to translate ideas into action, resulting in better outcomes for older Australians.”

With more than 438,000 people in Australian currently living with dementia it is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of death among women in Australia.

More than half of all residential aged care residents have a diagnosis of dementia and they tend to have much higher care needs than residents who do not have dementia. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimated in 2016 that up to 90% of residents in high care may have some form of cognitive impairment.

Training opportunities can be accessed via

Further information on the Virtual Dementia Tour™ can be found at . Alternatively contact the VDT™ team at or phone 1300 970 733. 

Posted September 11, 2019 in News