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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
22 In touch Summer 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au AlzNSW's Library and Information Services Coordinator Michelle de Mari is kept busy at the helm of Australia's largest dementia-specific resource library, linking healthcare professionals and community carers to an ever-expanding catalogue of resources. "I am in the privileged position of being able to guide carers and healthcare professionals through AlzNSW's wealth of dementia resources, essentially supporting the old adage that 'knowledge is power'," Michelle says. "We really do canvass the A to Z; from dealing with dementia in its early stages, to coping with grief and loss." AlzNSW's library recently integrated the reserves of its Western Australian, Victorian, South Australian and Northern Territory counterparts, with Queensland set to follow suit. The move means that Michelle now has nearly 11,000 resources at her fingertips. "As you can imagine, it's a lot of information to juggle, but it is well worth the effort. It means I can tailor my advice to each person, develop unique one-on-one relationships and navigate carers towards the best resources to suit their needs." Constant contact While those in Sydney are encouraged to use the library in person, Michelle stresses that her help and the library's resources are available to everyone in NSW. "We mail out resources free of charge to anyone who wants to borrow them, and I can walk people through the offerings over the phone or via email. The library is set up to be truly accessible, no matter where you are, even if you're in regional NSW." Borrowers can also access the library's online news blog, which publishes a list of its newest additions, including books, DVDs and research papers. Those who sign up can be notified of any new arrivals via email, with Michelle encouraging people to use the online reservation and borrowing service. For anyone wanting to actually purchase material, the library also hosts an online bookshop. Why wait? "If I could say one thing to people it would be to use the library now, not tomorrow. The library is here to support every stage of dementia and knowledge, and can make such a difference to that journey," says Michelle. "The carers I come into contact with use strength and humour to overcome very difficult circumstances. It is a privilege to share insights into their life experiences." Access to the AlzNSW library is free to members of AlzNSW. See page 24 for details of how to access the library and blog. by Zoë Myers A day in the life of... People a Library and Information Services Coordinator LOCATION WORKSHOP DATE Professional education Workshops cost $75 each. Contact Gail Longhurst: (02) 9805 0200 or email@example.com North Ryde Understanding Dementia and Person Centred Approach 2 Feb Experiencing Dementia and Person Centred Approach to Managing Behavioural Symptoms 10 Mar Pharmacological Treatment and Dementia 6 Apr Intellectual Disability and Dementia 20 Apr Family Carer Education Workshops are free. Contact Gail Longhurst: (02) 9805 0200 or firstname.lastname@example.org North Ryde Sons and Daughters 23 Feb Understanding Grief and Managing Transition into Care 16 Mar 3 Day Carers Course 5,12&19Apr Understanding Grief and Managing Transition into Care 11 May 4 Session Evening Carer Program 8,15&22Feb,1March Special programs Workshops are free. Contact Gail Longhurst: (02) 9805 0200 or email@example.com North Ryde Mind your Mind Presentation 9 Feb Interacting with the Person with Dementia 16 Feb Memory and Ageing Presentation 13 Apr Janet de Bres (reference and research librarian) and Michelle (right) Courses
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