The Learning List - April 2022

By Lara Hitchcock. Published on 2/5/2022

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.

Interesting stuff to watch

OPAN Putting aged care residents first: Latest COVID-19 updates and initiatives 21 Feb 2022

Alzheimers NZ Supporting community and aged residential care responses to Covid-19 3 March 2022

OPAN Age with rights: Advocating for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons 3 March 2022

ADI 'Telemedicine: Current challenges and future possibilities in care and diagnostics'.  24 March 2022

Neurological Foundation – Brain Awareness Month Events on Zoom

Building blocks of the brain; Insights into how the brain functions. 7 March 2022.

Developing new treatments for glioblastoma. 17 March 2022

Epilepsy and the brain 22 March 2022

Protecting babies' brains for the future 24 March 2022

Controlling our movements with an emotional brain 28 March 2022

Understanding sleep dynamics in cognitive decline with Dr Deidre Jansso 12 April 2022 to be uploaded soon.

AFTD Amplifying Your Voice in FTD Research: Why Am I Asked So Many Questions? 29 March 2022

Online/webinar courses to recommend

Dementia Australia

Thursday 28 April 2022 2pm NZT Making a difference in dementia care


Thursday 26 May 2022 345am NZT Virtual launch of Alzheimer's Disease International's From Plan to Impact V

Alzheimers NZ


Looking to the future – Covid-19 Tuesday 12 April, 2022

Cure and care Tuesday 29 March, 2022

Living with Covid-19 and dementia Wednesday 9 March, 2022

Dementia training Australia – free online courses

Recognising and acting on pain in people living with dementia for direct care workers

Creating supportive environments for people living with dementia

Appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives

Community Care and Dementia: Responsive Behaviours

Dementia Friendly Pharmacy

Too much of a good thing: fundamentals of deprescribing

Walking safely with dementia

 And many more


‘Abuse of the Older Person: eLearning Program for Health and Aged Care Professionals’, 10 hours online (FREE)

Waka Kotahi (NZTA) is funding this free 2 hour CPD module in collaboration with cpd4nurses. "Medication Related Substance Impaired Driving“


Dementia in Māori - optimising care

Goals of care in end-stage dementia


Alzheimer’s NZ Dementia friends 

Delirium and the COVID Patient RGCA002

University of Tasmania MOOC

Understanding dementia (8th February and 5th July 2022) 

Understanding TBI (28th March and 22nd August 2022),who%20have%20experienced%20a%20TBI

Preventing dementia (17th May and 11th October 2022)

Future conferences/ study days/ webinars

9 – 11 June 2022, 35th Global Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International, New horizons in dementia: Building on hope, in London and online.

12-16 June 2022, 22nd World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics IAGG 2022 CARE: Commitment + Actions + Research + Equity online.

6 - 8 July 2022, 51st Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology: ‘Better Futures for Older People - Towards Resilient and Inclusive Communities’

July 31 – Aug. 4, 2022,  Alzheimer’s Association International Conference San Diego, USA and Online


See Me, not just the dementia - Burwood Hospital

Dates TBC

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22-23 May 2023, College of Gerontology Nursing Conference 2022 "Onwards and Upwards" Submit an abstract or register

Interesting stuff to read        

Symon, V., Richards, R., Norris, P., Mapusua, T., & Hale, L. (2021). The needs of Pacific families affected by age-related cognitive impairment in New Zealand: interviews with providers from health-care organisations. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(4), 317-322.

Dementia Canterbury: Dementia during Covid 19    

Delirium prevention and Covid 19. Radhakrishnan, N. S., Mufti, M., Ortiz, D., Maye, S. T., Melara, J., Lim, D., Rosenberg, E. I., & Price, C. C. (2021). Implementing Delirium Prevention in the Era of COVID-19. Journal of Alzheimer's disease: JAD, 79(1), 31–36.     

Dementia Isolation Toolkit. Guidance and tools supporting best practices in the isolation care of people with dementia in long-term care.   focusing on person centred care  

Dementia NZ Carer Emergency Support plan DNZ-Carer-Emergency-Support-Plan.pdf   to give to families and to help with their Covid planning

White, L., & Jackson, T. (2022). Delirium and COVID‐19: a narrative review of emerging evidence. Anaesthesia, 77, 49-58.   

Emmerton, D., & Abdelhafiz, A. H. (2021). Care for Older People with Dementia During COVID-19 Pandemic. SN comprehensive clinical medicine, 1–7. Advance online publication.     

Royal college of psychiatrists Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital care for people with dementia: Feedback from carers/families and hospital leads for dementia.

Interesting websites        

eCALD Cross Cultural resources

MOH End of Life Choice Act implementation resources

New Zealand Dementia Foundation –information, education, and knowledge on dementia and delirium.

South Island Alliance Health of older people resources

The Neurological Foundation Lecture Library.

Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) Medication: It’s your choice. It’s your right.

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital


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