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Understanding Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Event number: 19224
4 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Ms Annabel Battersby, BSc, MPsych (Clin Psych)

This session will cover the basics of dementia and cognitive impairment, including the interaction of these conditions with depression, anxiety and other common mental health problems. Increasingly dementia is becoming more and more prevalent in Australia as our population ages. This session will help refresh your knowledge of cognitive impairment and dementia, and will also provide practical information on what to do if your client or clients groups are likely to experience the condition. 

In the four hour session you will learn about: 

  • The difference between cognitive impairment and dementia
  • What to do when you suspect someone has cognitive impairment
  • Subjective Memory impairment vs actual Cognitive impairment – when is it anxiety and when is it impairment?
  • Dementia as a disease & the different types of dementia: Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type; Vascular Dementia; Frontotemporal Dementia; Lewy Body Dementia; Parkinson’s Dementia, etc…
  • The person with dementia and living with dementia
  • Dementia and common mental health problems such as depression
  • Practical issues when working with people who have cognitive impairment or dementia

Learning outcomes

  • Use at least two different common screening tools used to assess cognitive impairment
  • Describe the progression of dementia through the brain
  • Describe the similarities and differences between dementia and depression
  • Explain what subjective memory impairment is
  • Define Person Centered Care for the person with dementia

The Study Group will be useful for all mental health professionals, but particularly useful for those who work with people aged over sixty-five years old.


**Please be advised room is on level one and there is no lift access.

About the presenter(s)

Ms Annabel Battersby is a clinical psychologist with an interest in older adults who has worked in aged psychiatry and conducted research in well-being in older adults. In her research she examined meaning in life, life satisfaction and emotions in adults aged between 65 and 95 years, presenting the findings at the Australian Association for Gerontology and Psychology and Ageing Interest Group conferences. Annabel has worked in private practice in aged care facilities, as well as in consulting rooms with clients of all ages. She also worked for Melbourne Health as a clinical psychologist in the Aged Person’s Mental Health Program, working in both the in-patient unit and community treatment team.


Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.

Online registration

South Yarra

Hurstwood Clinic
Level 1, 16A Toorak Rd
South Yarra, VIC 3141
Start date: 7/4/2018
End date: 7/4/2018
Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm


APS member: $110
APS student member: $110
Non APS member: $220


APS - Melbourne Branch
The Study Group Network (SGN) is an initiative of the APS Melbourne Branch designed to improve psychologists’ clinical and research skills and to keep them current with new developments.
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