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Ask Annie app modules available for free as gift to support aged care sector

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With the support of Gandel Foundation, Ask Annie – Dementia Australia’s mobile app that offers short, self-paced learning modules to help care workers refresh their skills and learn tips and tools to provide better care to people living with dementia – is now available for individual download with three free introductory modules gifted to support the aged care sector.

The three modules include:

  • The key ingredients – four lessons that explore the characteristics and attitudes required of workers when supporting people living with dementia.
  • Key concepts – six lessons that introduce the key concepts relevant to providing quality support. These include human rights, reducing stigma and explaining the CAUSEd model in order to understand changed behaviour.
  • C for Communication – 12 lessons that help to develop communication skills and help users to build positive relationships with the people they support.

Initially launched mid-last year, ‘Annie’ is a virtual care worker providing support to a person living with dementia. She guides users through a range of scenarios to strengthen their dementia care skills.

Ask Annie provides workers in the aged care industry with the opportunity to receive dementia-specific training that is practical, accessible and flexible enough to fit into their demanding days

Gandel Foundation CEO, Vedran Drakulic

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Ask Annie was designed in collaboration with care workers and improves quality of care for people living with dementia by improving the skills of care workers.

“In support of the aged care sector, we are gifting the first three introductory modules, including 22 lessons, in appreciation for everything they have done for our most vulnerable Australians including managing workforce issues during an incredibly challenging time,” McCabe said.

“With almost half a million Australians living with dementia – which is projected to increase to 1.1 million people by 2058 – our community needs a greater focus on quality dementia care continued training and support for the aged care workforce.”

Ask Annie was developed by Dementia Australia with Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) through the ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living, thanks to the generous support of Gandel Foundation.

At the launch of Ask Annie, Dr Tanya Petrovich, left, business innovation manager at Dementia Australia and CEO of Gandel Foundation, Vedran Drakulic, right, said they’re proud to be partnering to further develop online learning experiences that lead to better care for people living with dementia.

Gandel Foundation CEO Vedran Drakulic said Ask Annie showcases how technology can be applied to improve dementia education and aged care in Australia.

“Ask Annie provides workers in the aged care industry with the opportunity to receive dementia-specific training that is practical, accessible and flexible enough to fit into their demanding days,” Drakulic said.

“The vision for Ask Annie was to create a unique and immersive learning experience that directly leads to learning outcomes that can be translated into everyday practice.

“Gandel Foundation is proud to partner with Dementia Australia to launch Ask Annie, and to further develop online learning experiences that lead to better care for people living with dementia.”

We provide ongoing training for our workforce, but something like Ask Annie is available 24/7 so you can refer to the app to get the tips that you need, right there in the moment, on your device.

Blue Cross nursing services and workforce manager, Jacqui Simao

Blue Cross has purchased Ask Annie for around 150 staff members.

“We provide ongoing training for our workforce, but something like Ask Annie is available 24/7 so you can refer to the app to get the tips that you need, right there in the moment, on your device,” Blue Cross nursing services and workforce manager Jacqui Simao said.

“The Ask Annie app is very relevant to the particular care we’re delivering here in Australia.”

Ask Annie can be downloaded individually via the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to access the first three modules.

To unlock the full application with access to all modules, the cost is $60 per person per year, with multi-license packages available for organisations.

For information on purchasing packages please email cdl@dementia.org.au

For more Ask Annie information, please click here.

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