CRH Bulletin Dec 2017 PROOF 1


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In this Issue:




Social Attention and Communication Study – Revised (SACS-R) 12-months in Tasmania

RHMT nursing and allied health student exexpansion project


Approach to Dementia and Dementia Care by the Aboriginal Community at Circular Head

Evaluation of Healthy and Resilient Communities Project The Centre for Rural Health, Tasmania was commissioned by Rural Alive and Well Inc (RAW) to conduct an evaluation of Rural Alive and Well’s Healthy and Resilient Communities program (HaRC). The Healthy and Resilient Communities program is one of two mental health and suicide prevention programs delivered to rural Tasmanian communities by RAW. The goal of the HaRC program is to enhance mental health and wellbeing community protective factors such as coping capacity, resilience and connectedness to better equip rural Tasmanian communities to react to challenging life experiences. Using an internationally recognised community resilience survey tool the evaluation explores the notions of community strength, preparedness and resilience in four distinct rural Tasmanian communities, namely Bothwell, Huonville, George Town and the Tasman Peninsula. Specifically, the evaluation seeks to identify: • The community characteristics that may act as enablers or barriers to successful rural mental health and wellbeing support interventions; • Community engagement “approaches” that support enabling particular communities at the discreet phases of capacity building from preparedness through to the establishment of self- sustaining community structures.

Executive Officer of the Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC). “The Wicking Centre and the Centre for Rural Health are just so proud to be working with this Tasmanian Aboriginal Community in the area of dementia education,” Dr Goldberg said. “And the Circular Head Aboriginal Community has been so incredibly welcoming.” The two-year project, which also has the potential to improve pathways into higher education for community members, follows a just-concluded University of Tasmania study by Drs Goldberg, Cox, and Hoang, working with and guided by CHAC, to gauge the level of dementia knowledge in the Circular Head Aboriginal community. Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation CEO Di Baldock said she hoped the project would also be the next step in further healthcare developments in the community and provide a model for use in other communities. As part of the funding each student will receive a stipend of $25,000 a year, for two years, to support living expenses and purchase a laptop. Students will begin their studies in Semester 1, 2018.

From left: Dr Lyn Goldberg, Di Baldock and Dr Terry Cox (absent: Drs Andrea Price, Ha Hoang and Merilyn Cross)

The Circular Head Aboriginal community will receive support to improve its dementia knowledge through the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Dementia Care, thanks to a recent grant of close to $835,000. The funding will enable 10 members of the Circular Head Aboriginal community to study in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre’s online Dementia Care Program and complete a TAFE Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) in their own community. Most importantly, students will gain the knowledge to support their community in the area of dementia care and education to address concerns expressed by the Circular Head Aboriginal community about the need for greater dementia education amongst its members. The Department of Health, Dementia and Aged Care Services grant was secured by the University’s Wicking Centre (Dr Lyn Goldberg & Andrea Price) and Centre for Rural Health (Drs Terry Cox, Ha Hoang & Merylin Cross) in partnership with Dianne Baldock, the Chief

Further Information Dr Terry Cox +61 3 63244064

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