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Storytelling competition to explore supporting people with dementia

Australia’s undergraduate students are being asked how they, as individual practitioners or within their profession, can contribute to caring for people with dementia, as part of a national storytelling competition.

Come 4 December, competition organisers Dementia Training Australia (DTA) will ask undergraduate students to tell a story in a medium of their choice addressing the topic, ‘A salutogenic approach to caring for people living with dementia: how my discipline can support a life that is manageable, understandable and meaningful’.

Salutogenesis stems from the Latin word for health, salus, and a Greek word meaning source, genesis. DTA said salutogenesis, or sources of health, focuses on factors that support health and wellbeing, shifting away from a more traditional, pathogenic focus on risk and problems.

Entries in the 2017 National Dementia Storytelling Competition will be assessed on the following criteria:

    • Compelling storytelling in chosen media
    • Demonstrated understanding of salutogenesis
    • Clear interpretation of complex subject matter
    • Content and context – the extent to which the story can be applied to dementia care

Last year, nursing student Teagan Bewick from Edith Cowan University and dental science student Danica Zhan from The University of Queensland won the top two prizes in the competition’s precursor, the 2016 National Dementia Essay Competition. Interested students were asked to answer the question ‘How can your discipline improve the care and wellbeing of people with dementia?’.

Click here to read Bewick’s winning piece.

This year, students are able to submit their story in any medium, including written word, animation, short film, video or infographic. Entries close 25 February. Prizes include $2,000 for the top two winners and subscriptions to the Australian Journal of Dementia Care.

For more information on the competition contact [email protected]

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