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Understanding dementia and trauma in aged care

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Many people with dementia have been affected by trauma at some stage in their lives, and the symptoms of dementia and trauma can often look the same. 

This webinar will explore how aged care workers can support people affected by dementia and trauma. 

This webinar will cover

  • what is dementia?
  • how trauma impacts people with dementia - what to look for
  • how to use practical, trauma-informed strategies to support people in your care impacted by dementia and trauma

Who should attend?

  • Aged care sector clinical and wellbeing staff, health providers, leaders and managers 
  • Aged care peak bodies


  • Arsh Katoch, Service Manager, Dementia Support Australia 
  • Nicole Sadler, Head, Policy and Practice, Phoenix Australia
  • Jane Nursey, Director, Clinical Services, Phoenix Australia
  • Dr Richard Bonwick, Psychiatrist

Speaker bios

Arsh Katoch is Service Manager of Program Delivery with Dementia Support Australia. He joined HammondCare in 2016 as a Dementia Consultant with the Severe Behaviour Response Team and has worked with DSA since its establishment. A Gerontologist with physiotherapy training, he is a member of the Expert Reference Group with the Australian Physiotherapy Association on Dementia Care. He has been closely involved in the establishment of the national Needs Based Assessment Program for eligibility into the Specialist Dementia Care Program and the development of the Dementia Engagement Modelling Program. 

Nicole Sadler is a Clinical Psychologist with an in-depth understanding of issues and challenges for individuals working in high risk organisations. She has worked on mental health strategic reviews, policy and training development projects, and research projects for health and frontline workers, police, emergency services and other government agencies at Commonwealth and State levels.

Jane Nursey is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with almost 30 years’ experience in the field of posttraumatic mental health, as a clinician and manager/director of programs and services in the mental health, aged care, and disability sectors. She has extensive experience in providing policy and service development advice and training in the field of posttraumatic mental health to a broad range of government and non-government agencies.

Dr Richard Bonwick is a Psychiatrist who specialises in old age psychiatry, and treating ageing war veterans. He has spoken and written nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in old age psychiatry. He is an expert clinical advisor to Phoenix Australia and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. 

This webinar will be recorded.

Presented by Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, as part of the Australian Government’s Grief and Trauma Response Package.


Phoenix Australia.

Australian lives have and will be devastated by traumatic events. Anyone of us can be affected and the psychological impacts are deep and complex.

We are trusted experts in trauma-related mental health and wellbeing. As Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health we are the internationally recognised leaders in our field.

Understanding trauma. Renewing lives. 

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