Agenda

Main Forum Day 1 | Dementia Care: Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Time Agenda
09:00 Opening Address And Day 1 Highlights By Forum Chairperson 
 
Innovations And Best Practices In Dementia Care Models
   
09:15
How An Evidence-Based Approach To Design Transforms Dementia Care
  NewDirection Care, world’s first residential aged care microtown™ community for Australian seniors with complex care needs including those with younger onset dementia. It is a place where residents can enjoy fulfilling and happy lives beyond diagnosis, socializing, staying active, pursuing hobbies and continuing to play a role in the community.
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Natasha Chadwick

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
NewDirection Care

NewDirection Care
     
09:45 The Early Bird; How AI Is Used To Detect Dementia Before Its Onset
  Dementia is a debilitating illness and its onset is often quite sudden and fast escalating. However, this need not necessarily be so. In fact, artificial intelligence (AI) can now be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease as early as six years before its onset.

This is done through an algorithm developed by Dr Jae Ho Sohn of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UC San Francisco, which analyses positron emission tomography (PET) scans and identifies which ones have tell-tale danger signs of Alzheimer’s such as diminished amounts of glucose in the brain.

This session will look at:

  • How this innovation can help fight the onset of dementia by allowing for early intervention
  • How it can be used to prepare patients and families for the possible case of dementia
  • The other possible applications of AI and machine learning in the detection of dementia
 
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Prof Sandeep Reddy

Associate Professor, School of Medicine
Deakin University, Australia

Deakin University
     
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session 
     
10:45 Dementia And Pain: Challenges Patients Have In Verbalising Discomfort
Delirium is a state of acute confusion that is often associated with those who have dementia and is regarded as a serious medical condition that can have serious implications on the health of patients. While the cause of delirium is not entirely known, it has been suggested that pain could be a factor and that addressing pain will help address the problem.

However, one problem that dementia patients have is the inability to communicate that they are suffering from pain. This session will look at:

  • The tell-tale signs of pain and discomfort that caregivers and medical professionals should look for in dementia patients
  • Ways of communicating non-verbally with dementia patients that allow them to express or indicate if they are suffering from physical discomfort
  • How technology such as wearable devices can be used to monitor pain receptors in patients
     
11:15 Drug-Free Ways To Manage Behavioral And Psychological Symptoms Of Dementia (BPSD)
This session will cover a range of non-pharmacological strategies to help manage BPSD, including reassuring and reducing triggers, addressing wandering and sundowning behavior, alleviating anxiety, agitation and aggression, dealing with hallucinations and understanding disinhibited behavior. You will also find out how various technologies can make these strategies easier.
11:45 Case Study – Transforming Pain Management With PainChek® At The Barossa Village For Aged Care
This session will look at:

  • How the PainChek app can be used to help detect pain in dementia patients that are unable to vocalize it.
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Matt Kowald
General Manager of Residential Care Service
Barossa Village

Barossa Village
     
12:15 Networking Luncheon 
   
13:15 Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Novel Therapies For Dementia And Interventions To Assess Their Impact
  • Music Therapy
  • Virtual Reality
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Liam McGuire
Director, Project Lead
Opaque Media Group

Opaque Media Group
  • Dog-assisted Therapy
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Yariv Ben-Yosef

Head of Program Development, Delivery and Training
Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia

Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia
  • Silent Disco
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Kate Sowden

General Manager
Moove & Groove and discoDtours

Moove&Groove
  • Art Therapy
     
14:30 Reimagining Dementia Learning Through The Use Of Technology
Developing an aged care workforce which can better support people living with dementia has been a key focus of the Royal Commission. This presentation will explore how the use of technology is helping to fundamentally reshape how the education of the aged care workforce is being approached. The use of avatars in the recently released “A day in the life” workshop delivered by the Centre for Dementia Learning at Dementia Australia will be discussed as a specific example.
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Dr David Sykes

Director
Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia
15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session 
15:30 How An App Helped Villa Maria Catholic Homes Reduce Medication Incidents
At Villa Maria Catholic Homes, a Clinical, Care and Medication Management system ensures that medications are not missed. The ability to manage resident and clinical information via a mobile or tablet device enables aged care staff to spend less time in the nurse’s station and more time with residents. Learn more about this use of technology to reduce medication errors and compliance risks in this session.
Villa Maria Catholic Homes
     
16:00 Creating Connections Using Wireless Headphone Technology
Find out how a specialized seniors silent disco tour experience that is helping to improve the quality of life for older Australians throughout Sydney and its surrounds.
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Alison Harrington
Founder & CEO
Moove & Groove

Moove&Groove
   
Training And Equipping Staff In Dementia Care
16:30 Seeing The World Through The Eyes Of Dementia Patients With VR
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Liam McGuire
Director, Project Lead
Opaque Media Group

Opaque Media Group
     
17:00 Q&A Session And Closing Remarks By Forum Chairperson
     
17:10 Champagne Networking Session    
Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.
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Main Forum Day 2 | Aged Care: Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Time Agenda
09:00 Opening Address And Day 2 Highlights By Forum Chairperson 
   
Innovations And Best Practices In Dementia Care Models
   
09:15
Best Practices In Aged Care With An Award-Winning Relationship-Based Model
  Award-winning aged care provider is pioneering best practice care planning in Australia by integrating the Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT), a UK developed tool that measures wellbeing and the impact  of care services on quality of life for older people. A relationship-based care model, ensuring that residents and families feel empowered and engaged in their care.
     
09:45 Australia’s New Aged Care Quality Standards: Shifting Focus From Compliance To Quality And How It Will Impact The Future Of Aged Care
  This session will touch on the Aged Care Quality Standards now in effect for all aged care services in Australia, to focus on outcomes for consumers and reflect the level of care and services the community can expect from organizations that provide Commonwealth subsidized aged care services.  
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Danielle Mackenzie

CEO
Sundale

Sundale
     
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session   
     
10:45 Key Findings From The Final Report Of The Royal Commission Into Aged Care Quality And Safety – And Strategies Going Forward
With the Royal Commission having found that Australia’s aged care system is failing to meet the needs of older, vulnerable citizens, a fundamental overhaul of design, objectives, regulation and funding is required. Commissioners have identified three areas for immediate action: reducing the waiting list for higher-level care at home, responding to the significantly over-reliance on chemical restraints and expediting the removal of younger people from aged care. Join the discussion on the next steps in this session.
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Dr David Sykes
Director
Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia
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Danielle Mackenzie

CEO
Sundale

Sundale
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Samantha Edmonds
Managing Director
Ageing with Pride
     
11:30 Minimizing Physical And Chemical Restraint In Residential Aged Care Through Technology
In this session, you will learn more about recent regulatory updates that impose specific responsibilities and obligations on residential aged care providers regarding the use of physical and chemical restraint. Among other considerations, a decision to use restraint can now only be a strategy of last resort and any use of restraint must also be regularly monitored.
Latest Technologies In Delivering High Quality And Efficiency In Aged Care
12:00 How IoT Sensors Help Elderly Australians Live Independently And Safely At Home For Longer
This session will cover a bespoke smart home hub, created through Deakin University research that helps elderly Australians to live in their own homes for longer. Using multiple smart wall sensors, the hub is able to generate a unique and custom profile about the daily habits and routines of single occupant households. It also contains a speaker to talk to occupants in a friendly and non-invasive manner, providing reminders about medication and occasional occupancy-based checks.
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Professor Rajesh Vasa
Head of Translational Research & Development
Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, Deakin University

Deakin University
     
12:30 Networking Luncheon   
Improving Quality Of Aged Care
13:30 Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Novel Therapies For Dementia And Interventions To Assess Their Impact
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Samantha Edmonds
Managing Director
Ageing with Pride
Alleviating Workforce Constraints In Aged Care With Robotics
     
14:15 Engagement And Experience Of Older People With Socially Assistive Robots In Home Care
See how robots can play a role in connecting with and stimulating aged care residents in this session.
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Professor Rajiv Khosla

Director
Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation (RECCSI)
La Trobe University

Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation (RECCSI)
14:45 How Autonomous Robot Helpers Reduced Staff Workloads At Prinz Willem Alexander Village
Multicultural aged care service MiCare has introduced autonomous mobile robots into Prinz Willem Alexander Village in Queensland. Capable of carrying 130kg each, these AMRs have aged care-specific trolleys for meal delivery, dirty linen collection, clean linen delivery, personal clothing distribution, waste management and medical and housekeeping supplies. They help minimize damage to building interiors, reduce work health and safety claims and provide workflow efficiencies by taking out unnecessary leg work and giving staff more time to focus on their core area of work with residents. Find out more about MiCare’s robots and their impact on staff morale and performance in this session.
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Olaf Zalmstra

General Manager Assets, Services & Projects
MiCare

MiCare
15:15 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session   
The Future Of Aged Care With Telehealth And Virtual Care
15:30 Case Study: How New South Wales’ Western Health District Used Telehealth To Deliver Aged Care Services To Rural Areas That Significantly Reduced Hospital Re-Admissions And Length Of Stay
In 2016, the Western Health District (WHD) of New South Wales embarked on a 3-year telehealth strategy which involves using telehealth to provide care to elderly people in rural and remote areas. The strategy aimed to reduce the time and hassle it cost for the elderly to travel to hospitals in the larger cities and allow them to access care in the comfort of their own homes or a facility that is closer at hand.

A national telehealth trial of home monitoring of chronic disease for aged care by CSIRO showed a substantial 53% decrease in hospital admission and, most importantly, a 76% reduction in length of stay when admitted to hospital. This was achieved by equipping patients with telehealth devices that include participant/clinician video conferencing capabilities, messaging features and the delivery of clinical and study specific questionnaires, as well as vital signs devices to monitor their ECG, heart rate and other vital signs. Learn about how the success of this trial can open up more options in enhancing aged care with telehealth in the future.


New South Wales’ Western Health
     
16:00 How A Wearable Conversation Monitor Helps Prevent Social Isolation In The Elderly
Developed by RMIT researchers and aged care provider Bolton Clarke, the CaT Pin won Telstra’s 2019 Designing for Ageing Well Challenge for its innovative ability to watch for social isolation in elderly wearers. The device works by monitoring baseline conversations and word count and then prompting social content when levels drop too low, or sends alerts to family or carers. See how such devices can help stave off loneliness and its negative effects, such as disrupted sleep, high blood pressure, increased depression, lower immunity and generally lower overall wellbeing, among the elderly. RMIT_logo
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16:30 Connecting Isolated Seniors Via Virtual Communities: A Case Study Of Feros Care’s Virtual Senior Center
  Feros Care’s award-winning Virtual Senior Center lets users link up via video to participate in facilitated sessions including book club meetings and Tai Chi sessions. Co-designed with users and their carers, the center has broadcast 926 sessions in the homes of 234 older Australians since 2017, as of September 2019. Find out more about Feros’s efforts to use innovative technology to overcome social isolation and the physical and mental health issues associated with it, among Australian seniors in this session.
Feros Care
   
Empowering The Workforce In Aged Care
17:00 Best Practices In Creating A Supportive Workplace For Aged Care Employees: A Case Study From Peninsula Villages
  Award-winning NSW aged care provider Peninsula Villages utilizes a range of strategies and initiatives to help attract and retain the strongest employees, maintain low staff and facilitate the needs of their diverse community beyond regulatory compliance. This has enabled it to stand out in a time when aged care in Australia is beset by a large amount of negative press and keep its carers going to bring lasting benefits to residents. This session will explore Peninsula Villages’ approach to developing its culture and promoting staff welfare and empowerment. Peninsula Villages
     
17:30 Q&A Session And Closing Remarks By Forum Chairperson
     
17:35 Champagne Networking Session    
Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.
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Main Forum Day 3 | Palliative Care: Thursday, 21 January 2021

Time Agenda
09:00 Opening Address And Day 3 Highlights By Forum Chairperson 
   
Delivering Holistic Palliative Care Through Service Design
   
09:15
Palliative Care And The Art Of Being A Healing Presence: Delivering Holistic Palliative Care Through Presence
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Michael Barbato

Palliative Care Doctor / Author
     
Planning And Provision Of Palliative Care
   
09:45 Preparing For It: Why Advance Care Planning Is Needed In Palliative Care
  For many, the idea of planning in advance for palliative care might be regarded as “giving in to death”, as the provision of palliative care is often seen as the sign that the illness has progressed to the stage where it is incurable.

However, such attitudes need to be redressed as too often terminally ill patients are subject to continuous treatments in desperate attempts to cure them, despite the lack of any progress. As such, rather than being seen as a case of giving up, advance care planning for palliative care should be seen as a means easing their pain and discomfort and ensuring that they spend their remaining time with dignity.

 
     
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session 
Embracing Moments That Matter In Palliative Care
     
10:30 How Palliative Care Can Bring Purpose, Love And Joy With A Focus On What Matters Most To Patients: A Case Study From Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care
In this session, you will see how Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care works alongside people with life-limiting illnesses, their family and carers to deliver end-of-life care that is aligned with what matters most to each person. In addition to expert symptom and pain management, carer education and other medical and professional support, the organization helps patients focus on love, joy and purpose, helping them to live and die without regrets.
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Marilyn Dolling
Chair | Consumer Representative & Advocate
Cancer Action Victoria | Barwon Health Community Council Member
 Cancer Action Victoria
Ensuring Equality Of Access And Inclusivity In Palliative Care
     
11:00 How The Palliative Care And End-Of-Life Resource Improves Palliative Care Planning For The Indigenous Population
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Suharsha Kanathigoda

Medical Director of Palliative Care ACT
Calvary Health Care
 Calvary Health Care
Technology Empowering The Future Of Palliative Care
11:30 Giving Palliative Care A Boost With Assistive Technology: A Case Study From Calvary Health Care Bethlehem
At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, new technology gives patients greater choices and control over how they communicate, move, work and relax. These include eye gaze systems, environmental control units and other devices that allow even those with impaired hand movements to use mainstream technology such as tablets and smartphones. Find out more about the role of assistive technology innovations in delivering higher quality palliative care in this session.  Calvary Health Care
12:00 Using Deep Learning And Predictive Analytics In Palliative Care
One major question when it comes to providing palliative care is “when” – namely “When should doctors broach the subject of palliative care with their patients?” The challenge is that doing it too early could be seen as giving up before all viable options are exhausted. On the other hand, patients could be made to go through painful treatments that do nothing to alleviate the problem, causing unnecessary pain and suffering. Deep learning and predictive analytics could just be the solution. By comparing the patient’s data with existing ones, they can help doctors access patients’ prognosis and give indications to medical practitioners as to when it is the right time to have “that talk” with the patients and their families.

This session will look at how this:

  • Enables terminally ill patients to make informed decision on whether or not to continue medical treatment
  • Helps healthcare providers come up with better palliative care plans for end-of-life patients
  • Ensure patients’ time, money and comfort are not sacrificed on futile treatments
     
12:30 Networking Luncheon 
   
13:30 Interactive Roundtable Discussion
  • Inclusive palliative care for CALD and LGBTIQ communities
  • Emerging technologies in palliative care: adapting to changing practices
  • Palliative care conversations: the art of approaching end-of-life topics with patients
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Dr Meredith Doig

Secretary
Dying With Dignity Victoria
 Dying with Dignity Victoria
  • The benefits of telehealth for palliative care
  • Using virtual reality to reduce opioid reliance and fulfill terminally ill patients’ bucket lists
     
14:45 A Whole New World: Virtual Reality And Its Role In Improving Palliative Care
B A technology that is often more associated with gaming, virtual reality (VR) transports users into a 3D virtual world which gives the effect of being real in the sense that users’ senses are stimulated to feel that they are in the world and (in some cases) even interact with the surroundings. More than just for gaming purposes, VR has the potential for helping end-of-life patients by allowing them to experience the effect of being in a lifelike 3D simulation. This is especially useful for those who are bedridden or have issues with mobility.

This session will look at the use of VR in end-of-life treatment, touching on points such as:

  • Examples of VR being used in palliative care around the world
  • The outcomes of these – how VR has boosted the quality of life of palliative care patients
  • The way forward for VR in palliative care – what are its strengths and challenges that need to be addressed
15:15 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session 
Handling End Of Life Care
15:45 When The Drugs Don’t Work Innovative Approaches To Pain Management In Palliative Care
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Patrik Hutzel

Director
Intensive Care at Home
 Home Pty. Ltd
     
16:15 Experiences From A Doctor Involved In Voluntary Assisted Dying In Victoria
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Dr Nick Carr

GP | Board member
St Kilda | Dying with Dignity Victoria
 Dying with Dignity Victoria
16:45 No Place For The Dying: Addressing The Problems Of Aged Care Facilities In Handling The Issue Of Death
  Mentioned in the hearings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, it emerged that many aged care facilities are “ill equipped to handle dying”. Complaints include that staff members were inadequately trained and prepared to handle terminal cases and that terminally ill patients were left in pain because of a lack of qualified staff.

This session will look at the ways to better incorporate palliative care into aged care services, touching on:

  • The reasons behind the lack of proper care given to terminally ill residents in aged care facilities
  • The need to train aged care caregivers to recognize and properly respond to the needs of terminally ill patients
  • How changes in law can ensure that terminally ill patients in aged care facilities receive the help they need
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 17:15 Q&A Session And Closing Remarks By Forum Chairperson
     
 17:20 Champagne Networking Session    
Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.
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Main Forum Day 4 | Mental Health Care: Friday, 22 January 2021

Time Agenda
09:00 Opening Address And Day 4 Highlights By Forum Chairperson 
   
09:15
Keynote Address – How Australia Is Leading The Way In Mental Health Care
  • History and development of mental health care in Australia
  • Innovations in Australian mental health care and how it has become renowned as an example for OECD nations to follow
  • Future of mental health care in Australia – the shift from hospital to community care
     
09:45 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session   
   
10:00 Panel Session – Advances, Opportunities And Challenges In Australia’s Mental Health Care System
 
  • How mental health care is being incorporated into aged care
  • The effects of the National Mental Health Strategy in the provision of mental health care in Australia
  • Improving accessibility to mental health care in rural and remote Australia as well as the indigenous communities
  • Innovations in mental health care in Australia
 
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Anna Pannuzzo

Director
WorkPlacePLUS
 WorkPlacePLUS
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Damian Moratti

CEO
Liminal VR
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Proving Effective Mental Health Care To A Cross Section Of Australia
     
11:00 Not A Senior Moment: Addressing Mental Health Issues in The Elderly
Very often, psychological issues such as depression and melancholy in elderly people are dismissed as being part of the ageing process. However, by normalizing mental illness as a sign of old age, elderly people are not receiving the care they need as they and caregivers tend to dismiss signs of mental illnesses.

This is reflected in the ABS 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, which showed that those aged 75 to 85 are the lowest users of mental healthcare services. In this session, we will highlight the dangers of ignoring mental health problems in the elderly and the means to tackle this problem. Highlights include:

  • Differentiating between normal ageing and mental health issues in the elderly
  • The problems that arise from the lack of proper intervention in elderly mental health problems
  • Initiatives and policies designed to encourage elderly and caregivers to pay more attention to mental health
     
11:30 Case Study: How The Central And Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network Is Rolling Out Mental Health Care For Residents Of Aged Care Facilities
Starting in March 2019, three psychological support organizations – Victorian Primary Mental Health Alliance, Lilly Pilly Counselling and Sydney MindCare – have been commissioned by the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN) to provide mental healthcare services to residents at aged care facilities in the region.

This initiative sees the three organizations working with mental healthcare practitioners as well as staff and residents at these aged care facilities to increase awareness of psychological issues and the care and treatment available to residents.

This session will look at:

  • How the CESPHN initiative is addressing the gap in mental healthcare for the elderly
  • The progress of the initiative since its launch, including successes, milestones and challenges faced
  • The future direction of the initiative in view of its 1 year anniversary and how it is being enhanced
 Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network
12:00 Protecting Your People & Culture – Fundamentals For A Mentally Healthy Workplace
Workplace stress is becoming widely recognized as a major workplace health and safety risk factor. Under various legislation, employers are legally responsible for ensuring that the working environment does not cause psychological or physical injury or worsen an existing condition.

In this session, explore the risks and learn the essentials for a mentally healthy workplace.

  • Understanding workplace stress
  • Employer obligations and risks associated with mental health hazards
  • Tools and tips for promoting a mentally healthy workplace
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Anna Pannuzzo

Director
WorkPlacePLUS
 WorkPlacePLUS
12:30 Networking Luncheon 
   
13:30 Case Study: How aPHQ-9 Is Improving The Provision Of Mental Health Care To Indigenous Communities
The suicide rate among indigenous Australians, especially young people is among the highest in the country. However, cases of depression are often not caught in time.

Culture is one key factor that mental health practitioners need to consider when providing care to indigenous communities. For instance, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people tend to approach illness in a different context as non-indigenous Australians. Therefore understanding this is important to diagnosing and treating mental health issues. At the same time, certain questions may be lost in translation as there might be different understandings of the meaning of certain words.

Working in collaboration with care providers for the Aborigina land Torres Strait Islander community, the George Institute for Global Health has developed a tool that helps address this problem. Known as aPHQ-9, it helps improve the diagnosis of depression in indigenous people by asking questions in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way. This session will look at:

  • How aPHQ-9 frames existing screening questions in a different way and why it works for the indigenous community
  • The improvements that have been made in diagnosing depression and other mental health problems in indigenous people since the launch of the tool
  • How similar culturally appropriate tools and techniques can be developed to treat mental health problems in indigenous people
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Technological Innovations In Mental Health Care
     
14:00 Changing The Face Of Mental Health Treatment Through Technology
The digital age is bringing many innovations to the healthcare sector, and mental health care is one of its beneficiaries as mobile apps are being used to deliver treatment to patients. For instance, people recovering from mental illness can use mobile apps that will help them keep track of their psychological well-being and which will automatically send an alert to their psychiatrist or caregiver if a relapse is suspected.

This session will look at the various ways in which mobile apps are being used to improve mental health care, touching on points such as:

  • How patients and mental health practitioners can ascertain the effectiveness of mental health apps
  • Why mobile apps should be regarded as a tool and not a replacement for therapist-led treatment
  • The need for mental health treatment apps to have clinical research backing and peer reviews
14:30 Simply Simulating: The Future Of VR In Mental Health Care
  • Why virtual reality is the “next big thing” even though it has been around for decades
  • What kind of influence can virtual reality have on emotional and cognitive states
  • The impact virtual reality could have on medical issues such as depression and social issues, such as isolation
  • Self-directed vs clinician driven interventions
  • Mitigating VR related risks and improving the user experience
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Damian Moratti

CEO
Liminal VR
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15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session 
15:30 Case Study: How Digital Dog Is Leading The Way For E-Mental Health In Australia
As one Australia’s leading facilities for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders, the Black Dog Institute set up the Digital Dog research group to lead research and development of e-Mental health solutions. These include mobile apps, games and website designed to lower depression, stress and enhance mental wellbeing.

The work of the Digital Dog team has led to it wining a number of awards and accolades, such as the 2017 UNSW Innovation of the Year Award in recognition of their work in researching and developing technology to tackle mental health issues. This session will highlight:

  • Key apps and programmes developed by the Digital Dog team, their reach and effectiveness
  • The role Digital Dog has played in advancing e-Mental Health care in Australia
  • The future potential of e-Mental Health
 Black Dog Institute
     
16:00 Case Study: How eOrygen Pioneered The Use Of Online Social Media For The Treatment Of Youth Mental Health Issues
With more young people in Australia experiencing mental issues, eOrygen, the e-health wing of Orygen – the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health – has developed a social network platform, known as moderated online social therapy (MOST), which is aimed at providing therapy and support to young people with mental health conditions and their caregivers. This network allows them to interact meaningfully with one another and access support from trained peers and clinicians.

This session will look at:

  • The use of the social network concept to create a sense of familiarity to help in the delivery of mental health care to young people
  • The application of psychological treatment techniques to an online, social media environment
  • How MOST is able to personalize each treatment/ approach to the needs of the individual
 eOrygen
16:30 Q&A Session And Closing Remarks By Forum Chairperson
     
16:35 Champagne Networking Session    
Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.
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