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National Talkblack 270921

We had:

Jahdai Vigona, a native of the Tiwi Islands, talking about this years award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award he won, after picking up Trainee of the Year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year at the GTNT Awards earlier this year. Vigona is currently working at the Menzies School of Health Research as a project assistant with the Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing. He completed a Certificate III in Community Services and is currently finishing a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and a Certificate IV in Mental Health. Jahdai said he’s passionate about health care, especially for First Nations peoples.

Elise Ganes, Australian Physiotherapy Association National Chair of the Cancer, Palliative Care, Lymphoedema group, talking about Physical health of people with dementia neglected with tragic consequences. Accidental falls are a leading cause of death in people living with dementia, yet less than 0.25 per cent of the $3 billion dementia health budget is spent on care that can prevent them. The theme of this year’s Dementia Action Week is “A Little Support Can Make a Big Difference”. Physiotherapists, who can identify injuries and pain in people with dementia where communication barriers exist, play a key support role in caring for those living with the disease.

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