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Supporting People with Intellectual Disability & Dementia

October 31, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Dementia is being increasingly recognised in people with intellectual disability, particularly people with Down syndrome, who can develop dementia at an earlier age than others in the community.  This can be challenging for disability services and disability support professionals (DSPs). In this workshop, participants will learn to recognise the early and later signs of dementia in people with intellectual disability, the health effects and understand the support worker’s role in screening and assessment. Participants will learn practical strategies for how to provide or adjust the supports needed for the person with dementia as the condition progresses.


Dr Seeta Durvasula is a medical practitioner with recognised expertise in the health care in people with intellectual disability, with over 35 years of practice in this field. She has experience in conducting comprehensive health assessments in people with intellectual disability and complex health conditions, particularly as they age. Seeta provides advice and support to general practitioners and other clinicians regarding health care for people with intellectual disability.  Seeta has long standing experience in education for medical and allied health students, general practitioners, other clinicians and disability professionals.  Her research interests include ageing, frailty and preventive health and health outcomes in people with intellectual disability. 


1 x 2 hour lunch session | Tuesday October 31 – 11 AM – 1 PM


$89 total. Group discounts are available, please contact workshops@cds.org.au if you are interested. 

Target audience

Support workers and direct care professionals


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October 31, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm