The Dementia Learning Centre

Alzheimers NZ has established the Dementia Learning Centre to be a hub of excellence for dementia education. The Centre will contribute to building a dementia friendly sector and community.

The Director of the Dementia Learning Centre is Dr Kathy Peri.

The kaupapa of the Centre is based around people, and the right we all have to feel supported, valued, and loved.

The Dementia Learning Centre has been established to:

  • Lift knowledge and understanding about dementia
  • Drive improvement in quality of care and support                                                         
  • Enhance continuous learning and development in the sector

The Dementia Learning Centre is all about transformation – of attitudes and understanding, and of the knowledge and skills we all need to provide the best possible support and care for people living with dementia.

Most importantly, it’s about the need to: “Treat everyone with kindness, dignity, compassion and respect...” (Dr Jennifer Bute - Person living with dementia).

The Dementia Learning Centre will start by offering online, self-directed programmes for people living with dementia, care partners, family and whānau.

The Centre will expand to include a range of resources and future-focused initiatives, including:

Online programmes

These online education programmes have been designed to improve knowledge and provide support. Two e-Learning programmes will be available in 2021. The first will focus on care partners and their family and whānau, the second will focus on living well with dementia. 

Educational webinars

These webinars will deliver the most up-to date dementia research and best practice. The first year will focus on professional development for Registered Nurses, with monthly sessions focusing on person centred care, which may be accredited to New Zealand Nursing Council professional development hours.

Cognitive Stimulation Training (CST) workshops

CST is a non-pharmacological intervention to improve memory and quality of life for people with dementia. The facilitator training workshops will be delivered by Dr Kathy Peri and Dr Gary Cheung, who are International CST trainers for New Zealand.

An interactive virtual reality experience

Alzheimers NZ will bring the Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE) programme from Dementia Australia to NZ in 2021.  This course involves a two-hour simulation workshop and will be suitable for anyone with an interest in dementia, from health professionals to community groups.

Bespoke education programmes and dementia consultancy

The centre also offers customised education and training programmes from dementia experts who have in-depth experiential and theoretical knowledge in dementia care.

The Dementia Learning Centre is supported by an Educational Quality Advisory Group.

Thank you to Ryman Healthcare and the Freemasons Foundation for their generous support for the Dementia Learning Centre.

Register your interest or get in touch with us here: education@alzheimers.org.nz