Upcoming Events

04 May 17

I hear you now, so let’s chew it over! ‘Supporting older people in the NT’

A healthy mouth is important in maintaining physical health and preventing chronic disease. Being able to hear enables us to understand and interact with our environment. Significant cognitive impairment can impair decision making and sometimes lead to guardianship applications.

The Special Needs Dental Clinic will give an overview of the importance of dental care and provide practical tips on facilitating this with people who are cognitively impaired.

An audiologist will discuss the influence of ageing on the human ear current audiological treatments for age induced hearing loss.

The Public Guardian will discuss the main aims of the Guardianship of Adults Act 2016 and the key legislatives changes which have occurred in the NT.

Participants will:

  • Learn more about assisting older people with their dental and hearing issues.
  • Understand the process for applying for guardianship.
  • Explore ways to assist cognitively impaired people with maintaining their dental health.
  • Develop networks for support.

Hear from the Leading Experts

Beth Walker, Public Guardian
Office of the Public Guardian.

Beth is the Public Guardian of the Office of the Public Guardian for the Northern Territory which undertakes advocacy and community education in relation to guardianship of adults in the NT. She has more than 25 years' experience in managing human services in the areas of disability, aged care, mental health, families, advocacy and child protection in the Northern Territory. This experience spans both government and non-government sectors, and statutory decision-making.

Beth was a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for over 16 years. She represented the Territory at the local and national level with the Council on the Aging, National Shelter, on the Health and Families Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Community Housing Forum and the Consumer Health Forum.

Dr Matthew Callaway, Senior Audiologist
Arafura Audiology.

Matthew Callaway is an audiologist of 25 years’ experience, having graduated from Melbourne University in 1991. He completed his Doctor of Audiology at Central Michigan University, USA.

Matthew is the senior audiologist for the Northern Territory’s only private audiological practices, Arafura and Alice Audiology, and the NT’s sole noise consultancy, NT Noise Consultants. He is a director of Audiology Innovations Pty Ltd, which develops new hearing aid verification technology.

He has previously worked in a hearing research in Switzerland, as well as a number of major metropolitan hospitals throughout Australia, including the RDH.

Dr Fatima Kurnaz, Dentist
Special Needs Dentistry Clinic, Top End Health Service

Dr Fatima Kurnaz is a dentist with the Northern Territory Top End Health Services. She obtained her formal qualifications from the University of Melbourne before making the move to Darwin. Dr Kurnaz is interested in providing dental services to remote communities and those with medical complexities. She is currently based in the Special Needs Dental Clinic.

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Event Details

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To download a copy of the Program, please click here.

You can also join via Videoconferencing (you will receive the details once you register)

Event Date & Time: Thursday, 4th May 2017, 08:30am - 11:30am

Event Location: Auditorium Royal Darwin Hospital & VideoConference, NT
Rocklands Drive, Tiwi Northern Territory 0811

Registrations Open: 30th Mar 17 10:00 AM

Registrations Close: 4th May 17 8:00 AM

Places Available: 82

Your Investment

AAG Members: FREE
Student/Concession Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10
Student/Concession Non-Members: $5 (Please enter the code "NTSUPP17" to redeem your discount)

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