Dementia Alliance International is a project partner to an important research project, Exploring the need for redress of violence, abuse and neglect of people living with dementia in residential aged care in Australia, being lead by chief investigtor, Associate Professor Linda Steele from the University of Technology, and associate investigator Kate Swaffer, a co founder of DAI and an independent researcher.
Two members of DAI also sit on the Advisory Group for this project, Cheryl Day and Lynnette Rogers who herself lives in residential care. The advisory group members also consist of care partners and family or other informal advocates, and professional advocates and lawyers.
The project is an important step towards realising the human rights of people living with dementia in residential aged care, where in Australia, 20 formal enquiries and a 2.5 year Royal Commission into Aged Care in Australia have consistently proven people are beign abused, violated and neglected in residential care.
Last week, their first journal article was published as part of this project, which you can read in full by clicking on the link below.
By Dementia Justice researchers Linda Steele and Kate Swaffer
They will also be sharing their findings with the Australian Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, as it is critical that people with dementia – who are also people living with acquired cognitive and multiple other disabilities – are not left behind.
This could be you one day, so if you are not already involved, it is not too late, and you can sign up for stage two of the project and join our Roundtable Discussions.
This project is funded by Dementia Australia.