Why aren’t we paying more attention to advance care plans?

How can we deliver better care for people living with dementia?

This was the main question being discussed by a panel at the University of Technology Sydney this week, which brought together nurses, GPS, researchers and those impacted by the disease.

Resources, research, medication and strategies were all discussed at length with the panel of experts.

But the common thread between all of their messages is that we need to be having better conversations, and communicating more clearly to ensure that the person suffering from dementia, is the one making decisions about how their life should look. Ninah Kopel was there and filed this report.

Professor Dimity Pond- Professor in General Practice School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle
Imelda Gilmore- Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Dementia Advocate
Professor Deborah Parker – Professor of Nursing and Director Centre for Applied Nursing Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
Dr Craig Sinclair- Research Fellow, Rural Clinical, Western Sydney University

Image: jrsnchzhrs on Flickr.

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