International Dementia Conference 2020 – Care in the Age of Outrage
On 21 September, CEO Carol Bennett joined Dr Jennifer Abbey AM and Philip Daffas, CEO of PainChek, to present on pain and COVID-19 on the opening day of the International Dementia Conference 2020 – Care in the Age of Outrage.
The presentation highlighted the prevalence of pain among older Australians, and how it can go largely undetected particularly among people with dementia. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has extended a funded national trial of PainChek in Australian residential aged care to help staff detect and manage pain in residents with conditions, such as dementia, who find it difficult to communicate.
An important way to improve quality of life for people with chronic pain is through better recognition and identification of pain.
Painaustralia was pleased to join the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care event hosted by Palliative Care Australia. The conversation was led by Norman Swan and included HammondCare CEO, Mike Baird AO, Older Persons Advocacy Network CEO, Craig Gear OAM, Professor Deborah Parker, Professor of Aged Care (Dementia) at the University of Technology Sydney and PCA Chair, Professor Meera Agar.
We share similar goals for the treatment and quality of care for older Australians, and this is a particularly important as a growing number of our ageing population face chronic illnesses.
It was encouraging to see Palliative Care Australia’s eight-point plan, called Palli8, emphasising the importance of adopting patient-centred and holistic care.
CEO Carol Bennett will be presenting at the 14th Annual Pain Society of Alberta Virtual Conference later this week on the topic of ‘A perfect storm: Chronic pain in the Covid-19 era’.
To advocate for continuing professional development opportunities for all health care professionals, the Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee decided to offer the entire 2020 Conference for free.
PAIN2020 is a virtual meeting that will take place live from 14–15 November 2020, with registrations open to health care professionals.
Join us online to engage in the high calibre and contemporary program enhanced for a virtual platform. Virtual registrations allow for full access to sessions live and one-month post-conference, and includes workshops on Neuromodulation, Radiofrequency above the Umbilicus and Setting up a new practice/ optimising your practice. Industry sessions, a virtual exhibition and networking hub offer opportunities to network and stay up-to-date with industry colleagues.
Visit the meeting website here to register and view the full meeting program, including presentations on ‘The Pain Landscape in a Post Covid World’, ‘Future Trends in Electrical Neuromodulation’ and ‘Introducing Radiofrequency Capsulorraphy’.
PAIN2020 will be the only conference on pain management this year allowing medical education to continue and CPD points to be gained through this pandemic. Profits from the meeting will be donated to healthcare societies supporting research and outreach efforts such as Painaustralia, the Australian Pain Society, the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Neuromodulation Society of Australia & New Zealand and The Australian Pain Management Association.
We look forward to meeting with you virtually.
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