These exciting workshops have been confirmed for our conference:

  • Diagnosed with dementia: What next? A Dementia Alliance International Workshop
  • Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) One-day training workshop

DAI logo smallDiagnosed with dementia: What next? A Dementia Alliance International Workshop

Main Facilitators: Kate Swaffer and Mick Carmody
This workshop is aimed at health care professionals including medical practitioners, and health care and service providers, including people working for dementia advocacy or carer organisations. It is also suitable for people living with a diagnosis of a dementia and their family and care partners.

In this interactive session, participants review what are the best next steps for people with dementia and their families following the diagnosis of dementia. It is focused towards support for people with an earlier stage dementia, but the pathway of care being reviewed are applicable to anyone living with dementia, and those supporting them, including health care professionals.

  • If you work in the sector, this workshop will allow you to work with your clients & patients to improve individual outcomes, wellbeing and quality of life.
  • If you live with dementia or support someone at home with a dementia, this workshop will give you some practical ideas and support to improve wellbeing and quality of life for you both, as well as help develop independence for the person with dementia.
This workshop is part of the conference programme.

Kate Swaffer has Master’s of Science in Dementia Care (2014) and is a retired nurse. She is a current PhD student at the University of Wollongong, Chair, CEO and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International, a Board member of ADI and Member of the World Dementia Council.

Mick Carmody is a Board member of DeMEntia Alliance International and is very experienced in hosting and facilitating support groups for people with deMEntia. Kate and Mick are both living beyond deMEntia.


Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) One-day training workshop

Facilitators: Dr Gary Cheung and Dr Kathy Peri
CST is an evidence-based structured group treatment for people with mild to moderate dementia. It improves participants’ cognition and quality of life. Cognitive stimulation is recommended in the UK Government NICE guidance. It can be delivered relatively easily in both community and residential care settings by anyone working with people with dementia, for example occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, diversional therapists or nurses.

This workshop is aimed for health professionals currently working with people with dementia. Attending CST training teaches people to apply the key principles during CST and encourage its use in a standardised, person-centred and effective way.

Training in this workshop is interactive, involving group discussion, video observation, techniques demonstration, role-play and didactic teaching.

How to register

Registration: $250 per person (includes the manual, morning tea and lunch) via this link
Venue: Level 17, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington
Date: 6th November 2016
Time: 9 am to 4pm

Dr Gary Cheung is an old age psychiatrist and well known to the dementia community in NZ. Gary holds a joint clinical and academic position at Auckland City Hospital and University of Auckland.

Dr Kathy Peri is the Clinical Nurse Director at Counties Manukau Health, Health of Older People and a senior lecturer at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland.
Cancellation/Refund Policy.

  • 100% refund if cancelled 2 weeks before workshop
  • 50% refund if cancelled between 24 hrs & 2 weeks before workshop
  • No refund if “no show”or cancelled less than 24 hrs before workshop
  • Compassionate waiver of this policy is at the discretion of the trainers