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Stirling Dementia Centre launches international excellence awards

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Organisations and individuals working hard to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia are being invited to apply to the International Dementia Excellence Awards 2012, organised by the University of Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC).

The awards are a celebration of the important efforts undertaken to support people with dementia globally and are a show-case of innovation and good practice.

The awards will be presented as part of the ‘Risky Business’, International Dementia Conference, in Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia, on 28 June 2012.

The conference is aimed at all those who support people with dementia, including doctors, nurses, social workers, allied health professionals, service commissioners, inspectors, planners/architects, paramedics, housing organisations, the police, faith leaders, voluntary and private sector staff and people with dementia.

Nominations for the following categories are now being invited:

1. Dementia and the Arts

2. Life Engagement

3. Employee of the Year (Australia only)

4. Team of the Year (Australia only)

5. Volunteer of the Year (Australia only)

6. Researcher(s) of the Year

7. Dementia Design Innovation of the Year

8. Risky Business

Professor June Andrews, Director of the DSDC, said the Centre was proud to be leading the international competition.

She added: “Our last International Dementia Excellence Awards attracted entries from all over the world and gave an insight into the fantastic work that is going on globally.

“The 2012 awards are even more exciting, with new categories emphasising the importance of dignity in the care of older people.

“Scotland has led the way in improving dementia care for over 20 years since the opening of the Centre and we are always looking at ways we can improve people’s lives.”

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