Adapting the World Health Organisation iSupport program to the Australian socio-cultural context: A pilot study

Dongxia Xiao, Anita De Bellis, Lesley Jeffers, Petrea Messent, Sue McKechnie, Elizabeth Beattie, Nancy Pachana, Brian Draper, Low Lee-Fay, Anne Pot

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Abstract

Background: Carers play a crucial role in dementia care, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups who have special needs. However, all carers are often not prepared and can feel overwhelmed. One major contributing factor to this situation is the lack of suitable education models to up-skill them throughout their caregiving journey and to eliminate barriers in dementia care. The World Health Organization (WHO) iSupport is an evidence-based, interactive, safe, flexible and scalable online program that enables carers to develop capability, positive thoughts and enablement skills. The iSupport was developed through international collaboration. Aim: The aim of the pilot study is to adapt the WHO iSupport into Australia. Methods: Two phases of study are being undertaken. In phase one, end-users and dementia care service providers were invited to focus groups to discuss their perspectives on the ease of access functionality, feasibility, user-friendliness, barriers and enablers when implementing the program. Findings will inform the revision of the WHO iSupport program. In phase two, a pilot to test the feasibility of the program and an evaluation will be designed for carers and dementia service providers invited to the study. Results: The project team is progressing to complete phase 1 and will report results from phase 1 in the forum
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2018
Event2018 NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum: Cooperation, Collaboration and International Connections - Sydney , Australia
Duration: 4 Jun 20185 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference2018 NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum
Abbreviated titleADF2018
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period4/06/185/06/18

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