Understanding and Addressing the Causes of Behaviour

Dementia Support Australia (DSA) consultants often find that the smallest changes can have the biggest impact on a person’s wellbeing.  Just like they were able to do for Jerry. Jerry has been living in a care home for over a year and was referred to the DSA for ‘unexpected aggression’. During the day Jerry would sweep the back veranda of the care home– sometimes spending whole mornings and afternoons outside. …

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Australia’s First Ever ‘Dementia Village’ Will Be Built In Tasmania

A $25 million village for people with dementia will be built in Tasmania, aimed at providing a real life experience for those with the disease. The village, Korongee, will be based on a similar one in The Netherlands, the De Hogeweyk village, which mimics a small town setting and creates conditions so that residents are challenged by recognisable incentives to remain active in daily life. Korongee will have a cul de sac …

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How the brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease: a new view

The Conversation Most people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. The disease has no cure and few, but inefficient, treatments. Despite their best efforts, doctors and researchers still don’t know the sequence of brain changes that causes this debilitating disorder. Our new study challenges a commonly held view of how Alzheimer’s disease develops, and suggests a new clinical angle to reduce its impact. Alzheimer’s disease …

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Call for Abstracts for The 16th International Mental Health Conference closing 10 April

The 16th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015.  An optional half day of workshops will held on Wednesday, 12 August 2015.  This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand. You are invited to join us …

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Dementia, Decision-Making and Family Conflict. The Role of Mediation in a Legal Setting – A New Approach

The Guardianship Board of South Australia is tasked with making decisions about people with impaired decision-making capacity, including those suffering from mental illness or dementia.  In addition to formal hearings, the Guardianship Board of SA conducts mediations or “Preliminary Conferences”, where the Board endeavours to assists parties to reach agreement about decisions and outcomes for the person who, as a result of the illness, no longer has decision-making capacity (a …

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15th International Mental Health Conference 2014 Launch

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is pleased to announce the 15th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August 2014.  Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday the 27th of August. The conference theme “Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention”, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma. Featuring Australia and …

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The Future of Mental Health Services and Psychiatry

Prof Philip Morris, President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association opened the 14th International Mental Health Conference at the Outrigger, Surfers Paradise in August 2013. The conference focused on the complex mental health issues of Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Dementia. You can view the address titled “The Future of Mental Health Services and Psychiatry” here…  

Repetitive Pointless Behaviour in Dementia

Parkinson’s disease and stimulant use: Punding and Impulse Control Disorders associated with dopaminergic agents. Repetitive behaviour, often pointless or maladaptive, occurs in association with a number of brain disorders, including dementia. One recently described example occurs as an adverse effect of the dopaminergic treatment of Parkinson’s disease or Restless Legs Syndrome. This disorder (‘the dopamine dysregulation syndrome’) has been named ‘punding’ – a term first used in Sweden for the …

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The fight against Alzheimer’s

The Project on channel 10 reported last night with PJ Lane, son of the late Don Lane, who was an Australian TV legend until his life was tragically cut short by Alzheimer’s.  Now PJ has joined a campaign to fight the devastating illness. View video HERE Research shows that being more active in life and having an active lifestyle as early in life as possible and for as long as possible reduces the risk …

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Dementia, Decision-Making and Family Conflict – The Role of Mediation in a Legal Setting

The Guardianship Board of South Australia is tasked with making decisions about people with impaired decision-making capacity, including those suffering from mental illness or dementia. In addition to formal hearings, the Guardianship Board of SA conducts mediations or “Preliminary Conferences”, where the Board endeavours to assists parties to reach agreement about decisions and outcomes for the person who, as a result of the illness, no longer has decision-making capacity (a …

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