Dementia and Palliative Care will be the focus of information sessions run by Arts OutWest in Parkes on 21st June.
Arts and health coordinator Christine McMillan will be a guest speaker at the Little Theatre for two sessions from 11am to 1pm and 5:30 to 7:30pm.
She will talk about Art Connections, an art and dementia program coordinated by Arts OutWest at Jemalong Residential Village in Forbes.
The Dementia and Palliative Care ‘Getting it Together’ sessions provide insights into the management of dementia as a palliative illness and will be of great value to clinicians, health care workers, carers of people with dementia and members of the general public with in an interest in dementia.
The sessions will be held in conjunction with Western NSW LHD Palliative Care Service.
The principal presenter, Dr Jane Tolman, is a geriatrician based in Tasmania and an associate professor of aged care at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania where she is involved in both education and research. Jane’s talk will be highlighted by carer stories read by two actors, Kate Smith and Vince Melton from the Central West.
Jane has developed a new staging system for dementia, and it has gained wide- spread traction among carers, families and health professionals for its emphasis on dignity and the importance of palliation.
The sessions are free to attend but book- ings are requested. Register online via
For further information contact Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) NSW project manager Janeen Foffani on (02) 9515 6424 or 0428 970 012 or PEPANSW@sswahs.nsw.gov.au