Dementia care in Macao and Australia

Flinders Caring Futures Institute researcher, Professor Lily Xiao, successfully hosted a seventh webinar on 16th May 2022, inviting Professor Mingxia Zhu of the Wu Nursing College of Macau to discuss dementia care policies and practices in Macao.

Professor Zhu discussed Macao’s response to the rising number of people living with dementia. In 2016, the Macao government announced a 10 year action plan to improve care and resources for people living with dementia by creating a more dementia friendly community. Innovative measures included the development of a telecare service to support people who were lost and mechanisms to locate people who got lost. A dementia registry was established to better understand the needs of people with dementia. With the majority of people living with dementia residing in their own homes, many health professionals have been trained to provide in-home support. More research and support are planned to improve caregiver and end of life care services.

Most of the audience was from greater China, with many health professional university students showing a great interest in dementia care in Macao.

Upcoming event

Dr Tanya Petrovich will present a webinar showcasing the resources and support available through Dementia Australia, as part of the iSupport for Dementia project led by Caring Futures Institute researcher Professor Lily Xiao.

Dr Petrovich is the Business Innovation Manager of Dementia Australia, Australia’s peak body for people impacted by dementia.

The event will be held via Zoom on Thursday, 9th June.

Dr Petrovich completed studies in the field of Genetics at the University of Melbourne. She has spent many years teaching in the fields of Science and Health Science. She joined Dementia Australia in 2008. Dr Petrovich leads the team in applying innovations in technology for dementia care education. In 2013 the Virtual Dementia Experience was released and was the first VR experience to be used in Dementia Care Education. Since then, the team has developed other VR experiences and recently released TED the artificially intelligent Avatar living with dementia.

The event will be held at 10am Beijing, 11.30am Adelaide and 12pm Sydney time.

Zoom: (meeting id: 885 0368 9198)


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