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28th Alzheimer Europe Conference

First day of the #28AEC
A powerful session on Human Rights and the need for the involvement of people with dementia in all aspects regarding dementia – from diagnosis to care to treatment to research. However, why are people with dementia can be denied their human rights from the time of diagnosis, this is a direct insult on their human rights.
From Helen Rochford-Brennan
Dementia villages – I do not want to move to a dementia specific village – we do not discuss gathering up all of those with diabetes and put them in one village. But society is happy to do this for people with the condition of dementia. Not a criticism of facilities but of a system that allows this for a choice!
Over prescription of anti-psychotic drugs – psychotropic prescribing – people living with dementia are often described as aggressive or challenging but this are all normal human emotions, why should people with dementia be medicated out of their human emotions. These drugs are still commonly used in nursing …

Alzheimer's Disease International Conference 2018 - first day

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Alzheimer's Disease International Conference 2018 - first day

This conference, is the one conference I will always attend the combination  of scientists, healthcare professionals, people with dementia and their care partners all presenting together is very powerful. The Dementia Alliance International is run by people with dementia for people with dementia is equally represented at this conference, which is very humbling, inspiring and so informative and thought provoking.


Today, speakers from DAI opening ceremony included John Sandbolm and today's plenary session, Christine Thelker, and later Jerry Wylie. I have included some of their thought providing slides below:



In the afternoon there was also a session on exploring the impact of dementia for people from different cultures. One of which I was very interested in after my recent visit to New Zealand was an understanding of the Maori people regarding dementia and if the current health pathways supported Maori people. I learn…

STTI Congress, Melbourne

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STTI Congress Melbourne,

This week on my Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, I am attending the STTI. I was slightly disappointed that there was nothing with regards to nurses leading care within the prison setting, which highlights why this is such an important area to develop. Therefore, my focus was understanding providing care for a culturally diverse population and apply this to the prison setting, with this reference there were some very interesting and applicable presentation!!

Sessions included:
- Cultural competency in nursing education
- Culturally diverse care
- Culturally diversity in the nursing workforce
- Healthcare for migrant populations
- Student nurse perceptions of vulnerable populations
- Care competencies for the older patients

A great conference and such interesting conversations, and thought provoking - I have a number of papers and books I am going to read to further my understand. Thank you to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for providing me with this t…

Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia

My fourth week of my travels, time is going so fast. This week I am in Sydney being hosted by the University of Technology Sydney and Professor Debra Jackson. I have had the opportunity to meet some great academics and discuss the development of a number of projects and exchange some important ideas.

During my visit I of course visited a prison, but this time in the form of a museum! Interesting history and understanding of how culture has been addressed within the prison setting in Australia. Also, found a couple of books I wanted to buy, however only purchased one due to my continuing travels and already feel the need to buy another suitcase :O



I was also fortunate to have some time to explore Sydney as this is my first ever visit, and this included the Sydney Opera House, Manly Island and of course the zoo to see some of the Australia wild life - I would really recommend the zoo!



Next stop Melbourne...

Wellington and the South Island, New Zealand

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Wellington and the South Island New Zealand,

Whilst in Wellington, I had the opportunity to discuss older person care with the heads of Aged Care and Aged Concern, although this was not related to the prison setting and dementia in particular, it was a very interesting discussion and all learnt from each other.

My second visit this week was to Rimutaka Prison, which is the largest prison in New Zealand. However, on this occasion I was there to high independence unit, which provides 24 hour healthcare to prisons by nurses and healthcare assistants. I had a fascinating visit. I also had time to be shown round their healthcare services and the perimeter of the prison - the space is unbelievable.

From my visits to the two prisons in New Zealand I have developed a real sense of how the prisons in this country differ from those in England and Wales and how we can learn from each other. I am almost looking forward to coming home and discussing and developing these thoughts.

I now have a coup…

Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand

The first two weeks of my Winston Churchill Fellowship have flown past! I have finished my time in Auckland, which has been so full, interesting and developed my thinking regarding dementia within the prison setting and the importance of understand a prisoner's culture.

My meetings included colleagues at both the University of Auckland, and Auckland University of Technology: Dr Julia Slark and Professor Stephen Neville.


I have the opportunity to visit the war museum and learn about the history of New Zealand and colonization, and the Treaty of Waitangi, and the customs of the Maori. Within the museum there is an opportunity to enter a Maori meeting house and the beautiful carvings.


  One of the main objectives of my Winston Churchill Fellowship is to understand how prisons support people with dementia, and I was fortunate enough to be able to speak to the heads of healthcare across correctional facilities in Auckland and visit Auckland South Corrections Facil…

Winston Churchill Fellowship begins...

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Winston Churchill Fellowship begins...

I can't believe after months of planning and excitement, I am now on my fellowship. I have flown from Heathrow to Auckland to explore the work happening in prisons here to support prisoners with dementia.

First stop University of Auckland and a discussion with their health academic staff on dementia and the work being completed more widely and with offenders.

Great chat, and very excited to be visiting a correctional facility tomorrow!

Thank you to Dr Julia Slark for hosting and organizing this event.