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Post Diagnostic Support for People Living with Dementia and their Carers - CPD Webinar for Allied Health Assistants

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This event is run by the AHA CPD Learning Community, a community for Allied Health Assistants and interested parties to come together, connect and learn through continuing professional development designed for Allied Health Assistants. This webinar is only accessible to AHA CPD Learning Community members. If you are not a member and would like to attend this and other AHA CPD monthly events, please select 'get tickets' and you will be sent a link to join the Community. Joining the Community will give you access to not only this webinar, but all AHA CPD monthly webinars, learning resources and community discussions for 12 months from date of joining. Once joined, be sure to set your profile to receive notifications of each new monthly CPD event as they are published. Please also note that by completing an order on this page, you consent to us contacting you with a brief survey which will help us enhance our Community (you are not obliged to complete it).


Developing novel solutions to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has an estimated 6,600 people living with dementia. While people with dementia access several services in the ACT Health system, there is a need for dementia specific interventions for people with dementia who must prioritise maintenance of independence and delaying functional and cognitive decline. 

People with dementia and carers in the ACT report feeling “ping-ponged” between services and have challenges accessing appropriate and timely post-diagnostic dementia care. Therefore, novel solutions are needed to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their carers. 

In this webinar Dr Nathan D'Cunha will:

  • Describe the current gaps in dementia services offered in the ACT region; 
  • Present results of a hospital-based trial of a twelve-week multi-component rehabilitation program for people with dementia and their care partners; 
  • Discuss the ongoing development of a co-designed, short, targeted, at-home allied health dementia program. 

Each of these service delivery initiatives heavily rely on Allied Health Assistants. 

Together, the presented findings will offer insights into initiatives towards service delivery improvement in the ACT, which can potentially inform dementia services Australia-wide. 

This webinar will include a presentation with Q&A and discussion.

Meet Your Webinar Host:

Joan Leo

Joan Leo, Learning Product Manager, The Allied Health Academy.

Joan is an allied health professional and learning and development specialist with over 20 years' experience in the health and higher education sectors. Joan brings educational expertise, creativity and innovation to The Allied Health Academy (TAHA) to support delivering education experiences and fostering communities of practice that connect and empower learners.

Meet Your Webinar Presenter:

Dr Nathan D'Cunha, Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra and ACT Health Research and Innovation Fellow

Dr Nathan D'Cunha is an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra and ACT Health Research and Innovation Fellow focused on non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia and their care partners. His PhD investigated the effects of the National Gallery Art and Dementia program and its impact on stress responses and quality of life. Dr D’Cunha has past experience working in residential care and has family experience with dementia. He is currently leading the research and evaluation into Sustainable Interventions for Cognition, Care and Engagement (SPICE) program which is a multicomponent rehabilitation intervention for people with dementia and their care partners delivered by Canberra Health Services. Nathan is also involved in several research projects on intergenerational care, allied health in residential aged care, and nutrition and healthy ageing. 

This webinar is brought to you by The Allied Health Academy. Learn more about our online community of practice: free to join.

This webinar is exclusively available to members of the AHA CPD Learning Community. If you miss it and want to watch the replay, it will be available in the AHA CPD Learning Community on our Mighty Networks platform. For more information and link to subscribe, please visit: AHA CPD (

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