Food focus at Dignity in Care Australia

Food will be the focus for Dignity in Care Australia, at its first national conference to be held in Adelaide next month. Patron of the campaign and well-known food legend, Maggie Beer will speak at the conference about the importance of food in caring for others and how to best nourish your body and soul through the pleasure of eating.

The conference will be opened by His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, who said everyone has the potential to make a positive difference in someone’s life: “Dignity in Care is about the care you would like for your family and friends, and even the care you would like for yourself.”

Launched in 2011, the Dignity in Care campaign aims to promote a culture of dignity and caring in health, community and aged care services throughout Australia. Based on the UK model, the campaign began in South Australia with around 300 ambassadors for the cause and today has more than 1000. Ambassadors work in partnership with care providers to improve the quality of services, and promote the culture of dignity throughout organisations.

“The challenge is to think and act differently in the way we provide care, and to place greater emphasis on improving the quality of care and peoples’ experiences in hospitals, community services, residential homes and home support,” said Andrew Larpent, Chair of Dignity in Care Australia.

Other speakers at the conference include:

• Dr Andrew Rochford, Channel Seven’s health editor

• Peter Morgan-Jones, executive chef, HammondCare and author of dementia-specific cookbook “Don’t Give me Eggs that Bounce”

• Helen Smith, Manager of Speech Pathology for Central Adelaide Local Health Network

The conference will be held on Friday, October 2 at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.

For the first time, Dignity in Care Awards will be announced at the conference, including a Dignity in Care Champion of the year, and an achievement and an innovation award.

For more information visit Major sponsors of the conference are HammondCare’s Dementia Centre and the Office of the Ageing SA Health.