Find out about some of national guidance and projects that the NZ Dementia Foundation is helping lead.
The NZ Dementia Foundation hosts the online hub for the Mini-ACE, the recommended cognitive impairment screening tool in New Zealand for non-dementia specialty health services.
The Mini-ACE webpage is sponsored by the MOH and the Dementia Framework Collaboration. It provides access to information about the Mini-ACE, the materials to administer it, and online training.
The NZ Dementia Foundation, Alzheimers NZ, and Dementia NZ worked in partnership to lead the development of the first national Dementia Action Mate Wareware Plan.
The Dementia Mate Wareware Action Plan is the result of a collaboration between Alzheimers NZ, the New Zealand Dementia Cooperative, the Mate Wareware Advisory Rōpū and Dementia New Zealand, with the voices and input of over 300 individuals and groups. In 2020, Labour made a pre-election promise to ‘work with the (dementia) sector to implement the Dementia Action Plan’. Alongside our partners we continue to advocate for the implementation of this important blueprint into reality..
Read the Dementia Action Plan
Read our summary of the feedback on the draft plan
Read the letter to the minister here
The NZ Dementia Foundation is project-managing a national Cognitive Impairment Assessment Review in response to changes in accessibility of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (“MoCA”).
The project is sponsored by the MOH and the Dementia Framework Collaboration. In the first phase of the project a multidisciplinary working group prepared a briefing about which instrument should be endorsed as New Zealand’s primary recommended cognitive test for dementia assessment in primary care and non-dementia-specific services.
The NZ Dementia Foundation is helping lead a project to develop guidance for clinical support of people with lifelong intellectual disability who develop a dementia.
The NZ Dementia Foundation has managed a working group made up of people from across the NZ Intellectual Disability sector to develop a cognitive impairment pathway for assessment, diagnosis, intervention and support for people with intellectual disability who develop dementia. Regional trials will be completed in 2020.
The Dementia Knowledge Exchange programme is about bringing people and knowledge together to make positive change.
Each year we co-organise one-day knowledge seminars in collaboration with Dementia NZ and local organisations in three regions. Entry to the day is free due to generous sponsorship from Summerset.
As a NZ Dementia Foundation member you will be notified of these events.
2020 Canterbury Knowledge Exchange Programme
The NZ Dementia Foundation supported the development of an education resource for professionals who work with Māori whānau living with dementia.
Working with the Brain Research NZ project manager, the NZ Dementia Foundation (then NZDC) supervised and supported the development of an online resources for the Goodfellow Unit website. The resource is designed for people in the health and social care sectors who work with tangata whenua who develop dementia.
At the same time, footage was also shot to contribute to making a resource for Maori whānau. This resource is now available on the Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Trust’s website
View the resource for professionals here
View the resource for whānau here
Keep up to date and share your views in the Māori equity and responsiveness community forum here
The New Zealand Dementia Foundation (previously NZDC) contributed to the development of the resource "Supporting Family and Whānau of People Living with Dementia – Education Guidelines".
As a member of the National Dementia Framework Collaboration, the NZ Dementia Foundation worked to develop these guidelines. They set standards and goals for providers of dementia education to family and whānau.
View the guidelines here
The New Zealand Dementia Foundation (previously NZDC) co-organised the NZ Dementia Summit in 2015.
Along with Alzheimers NZ and Carers NZ we held the NZ Dementia Summit to enable the sector to have a national discussion about the way forward for dementia care in NZ. 224 participants participated, including health professionals, service providers, government officials, educators, researchers and people affected by dementia, including family carers, who all shared their experience, knowledge and expertise. This approach captured very detailed information on what the sector at large thinks needs to be done, when, how, and by whom.
View the summary here