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Drivinganddementia.AboutmainpageCommunity language versions of dementia and driving aid booklet launched

The decision to give up driving is a difficult one for dementia sufferers - and their families or carers - to make.

The issue of driving retirement is sensitive and should be addressed as early as possible for individuals living with dementia. Forced driving retirement can lead to depression and low self-esteem, and family disputes are not uncommon.

A Dementia and Driving Decision Aid (DDDA) that gives families and medical practitioners guidance on how to initiate conversations about driving with someone who has dementia, has now been translated into Italian, Greek and Vietnamese. A Mandarin version will also be available soon.  The multilingual versions were launched at a public Dementia and Driving Lecture presented by aged-care specialist Associate Professor Victoria Traynor from the University of Wollongong (UOW) School of Nursing on Monday 3 July. 

Professor Traynor said the response to the English language version of the aid had been very positive, and that having the community language versions would make it easier for many people to initiate that conversation about driving.  The DDDA is available for free from the web, or hard copy booklets are available for purchase.

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CareWays Sensory Room 200 by 150Illawarra’s first community-based multi-sensory environment opens

Individuals with cognitive and physical impairments can now experience the world in a very different way, thanks to a community-based multi-sensory room which opened on 29 June in the Horsley Community Centre, Dapto.

The room is a joint project between UOW's Global Challenges Program, and CareWays Community, with funding from UOW’s Community Engagement Grant Scheme and various community partners.

A multi-sensory environment (MSE) provides a safe, non-threatening environment for people with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences.  The CareWays Community Sensory Room has been designed specifically to cater to the needs of the Illawarra community.

Global Challenges pulled together a team of researchers from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including education, public health, engineering, linguistics and business to explore an evidence-based, best-practise approach to delivering an MSE for the local community.  Read more...

This story featured on Channel Nine and WIN News on 29 June, 2017.

Antimicrobial Resistance 300 by 200BBreaking Bad Biotics lecture at UOW breaks some bacteria myths

Leading antimicrobial resistance expert Professor Jon Iredell visiting from the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital is of the belief remaining healthy depends on preserving their ‘’balance inside us and around us’.  

Professor Iredell was at UOW on Monday 26 June as part of the ‘Breaking Bad Biotics’ one-day workshop on campus and to give the keynote at a public lecture held that evening.

It’s part of the antimicrobial resistance summit, which continued on Tuesday.  UOW championed the effort to bring together leading scientists, health practitioners, policy makers, engineers and educators, to find ways to tackle one of the biggest global threats to public health


This article featured in the Illawarra Mercury, 26 June, 2017

Antoine van OijenWollongong summit aims to address antibiotic resistance

Some of the country’s leading medical minds will put their heads together in Wollongong to work out ways to outsmart the superbugs.

The antimicrobial resistance summit, held at the University of Wollongong on June 26-27 is part of UOW’s interdisciplinary approach to addressing this global issue.

UOW Professor Antoine van Oijen said the forum aimed to find ways to tackle one of the biggest global threats to public health.


This article was published in the Illawarra Mercury, 23 June, 2017. 

Next generation condomWhat does it take to get a condom on the shelf

About two years ago Dr Gorkin was building 3D-printed implants and next generation bionics when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced funding for innovative ideas that would increase condom use in the developing world.

“We were not in the in sexual health space at all, but we had these very tissue-like materials that we were developing for use in the body, and we wondered if they would work for a condom,” Dr Gorkin says. And that’s what they pitched: a condom that would feel better than latex and, therefore, increase the use of condoms in the developing world.

While the Project Geldom team had indications that some of their materials could approach and potentially exceed the properties of latex, initial lab tests were so positive they were able to secure of one of 20 grants, out of 1,700 worldwide applications. But what does it really take to bring a product to market?  Find out how this interdisciplinary Global Challenges project is developing the next generation condom that could change the world.


This story featured on The Stand, June 2017. 

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