Date published: 
21 July 2020
Subscriber announcement
Intended audience: 
Health sector

Education program to help improve dementia care

The Department of Health has engaged NPS MedicineWise to deliver a new education program to help improve dementia care. Residential aged care providers are encouraged to register their interest to take part.

The program is focussed on person‑centred care approaches and the role of psychotropic medicines in managing changed behaviours in people with dementia. The program supports:

  • health professionals and GPs working in residential aged care
  • residential care providers to deliver safe, effective care and meet their regulatory requirements.

This free CPD-accredited program will be available from the end of September 2020 and includes:

  • educational visits delivered by expert facilitators
  • face-to-face education
  • interactive workshops.

To find out more and register your interest visit the NPS MedicineWise website. Registration closes on 31 July 2020. Please note there are limited spaces available.

Use of physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care – tell us your views

Australian Healthcare Associates (AHA), on behalf of the Department of Health, is seeking the views of residential aged care management and staff (nursing and allied health staff and personal care workers) to inform a legislated review of Part 4A of the Quality of Care Principles 2014 (the Restraints Principles). Even if you’re not aware of the Restraints Principles, AHA would still like to hear your views on the use of restraint in residential aged care.

If you would like to contribute, please complete the anonymous survey by Friday 14 August 2020. You can find more information about the review and the survey link on the AHA website.

AHA is also seeking to engage a broad cross-section of providers for online focus groups. If you are senior management or senior clinical staff, express your interest in participating by Friday 24 July 2020.

For further information about the review:

  • visit the AHA website
  • call AHA on 1300 788 667 (9am-5pm AEST)
  • email restraintreview [at]