WDHB welcomes new dementia e-learning tool and resources

Family, friends and health staff working with older adults affected by dementia, depression and anxiety have a new online resource to tap into.
The Northern DHB Support Agency (NDSA) has developed an e-learning tool and resources which they’re urging everyone with an interest in the elderly, to access.
Located at www.networknorth.org.nz/e-resources the e-learning tool asks web users to identify themselves as Clinician, Service User, Carer and Leader/Manager.
A strong supporter of the e-learning tool and resources, Whanganui District Health Board mental health & health of older people senior portfolio manager Andrea Bunn, says she’s actively encouraging those who care for older people, whether professionally or as family/whanau members, to visit the site and familiarise themselves with the new tool.
“It provides real-time information and advice which is ideal for those wanting or needing to gain a better understanding of the mental health issues that older people face,” Mrs Bunn says.
“Dementia, depression, anxiety and personality issues can be just as challenging for the person experiencing them as they are for those who do the caring – something I think is sometimes overlooked.”
Andrea says while the website was designed by clinicians for clinicians working with older people, anyone ranging from family members, non-government organisations, caregivers and clinicians can tailor its use to help them learn more about each topic.
“I’m sure the website will benefit anyone working with the elderly who wants to up-skill and improve their knowledge and skills against a set of identified competencies,” Mrs Bunn says.
“But being able to learn about a specific condition and the best treatment options available will also help family/whanau. We hope this will help them feel more confident about asking questions and becoming more involved in the planning of treatment for their loved ones.”