A new podcast aims to help listeners better understand dementia and how to prevent, diagnose and manage it.

Dementia in Practice has been developed by Dementia Training Australia.

Each episode features a discussion between Dr Hilton Koppe, Dr Marita Long and Dr Stephanie Daly, discussing dementia topics related to GPs and primary care settings.

Although the podcast is marketed as being ‘for GPs made by GPs’, the conversation style also makes the information relevant to people working in other dementia-related roles.

Lee-Anne, a carer in an aged care facility, had high praise for Dementia Training Australia.

“I came across your podcasts about a month ago, I absolutely love what you have discussed so far,” she said.

“I’m a carer in an aged care facility in Queensland. I have found your podcasts very informative.”

There are currently more than 10 episodes and over 1,000 listeners downloaded the podcast within weeks of its launch.

Dr Koppe said that prior to the pandemic, most of the dementia education he and his colleagues received was delivered via face-to-face workshops and seminars.

“With the advent of lockdowns, we needed to get creative in the way we presented our information,” he said in a statement.

“Making education engaging and enlivening has long been a passion of mine, so the chance to move beyond ‘death-by-zoom-webinar’ [and into podcast] was an exciting challenge.”

Podcast topics include interviews with people living with dementia and their carers, the difference between healthy ageing and dementia, and diagnosing dementia.

Dementia in Practice is available in listeners’ preferred podcast platforms and on the DTA website.

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