The DREAMT Project

Telehealth dementia care

Welcome

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health is collaborating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the Australian Government to improve dementia care for people.
This project is called DREAMT (Dementia, Regional and Remote, Empowering, Aboriginal and Torres Strait, Medicine, Telehealth).

This project would not be possible without the contribution of the communities involved. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, and pay respect to Elders past, present and future - and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples relationship with country, and their cultural and spiritual beliefs.

What DREAMT is

The DREAMT project is implementing and assessing a new way of caring for people with early onset dementia. The service is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their carers and community living in rural and remote Queensland. The project runs from local health services, meaning people don't have to travel to major cities to access care. Indigenous health workers screen people in the community to assist with the identification of dementia. Telehealth (video-consultations) is used to provide specialist geriatric consultation to people living in the communities. Indigenous health workers provide other services for dementia, including education and support.

Watch how DREAMT is delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health Workers in South West Queensland:


Suggested citation: Howard, C. and H. Haydon (2019). DREAMT: Using telehealth to support Indigenous people with dementia. Centre for Online Health. Australia, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland 12:17.

Watch how DREAMT is delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health Workers in Torres Strait:


Suggested citation: Howard, C. and S. Tamwoy (2019). DREAMT: Using telehealth to support Torres Strait Islander people with dementia. Centre for Online Health. Australia, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland 13:28.

What DREAMT does

Indigenous Australians experience dementia at a 3-5 times higher rate and earlier age than the wider population. We are assisting to address this by:

  • Employing and training local Indigenous Health Workers to:
    • Assess people's cognition and risk of dementia
    • Setup, support and accompany people during telehealth consultations with a geriatrician
    • Deliver education and awareness programs
  • Supply and install telehealth equipment where needed
  • Provide training and technical support about telehealth equipment to staff who will be using it
  • Develop clinical pathways to ensure best practice dementia screening and referrals
  • Deliver specialist geriatric consultations using telehealth.

How DREAMT is evaluated

Interviews and surveys conducted with community members, health workers, medical staff, and the families and carers of people with dementia, to determine:

  • how often the service is used
  • clinical effectiveness
  • satisfaction of staff and clients using the service
  • improvements that can be made
  • cost effectiveness
  • staffing required for the service.

Locations

The DREAMT Project is funded for the following locations:

  • Charleville, Qld
  • Cunnamulla, Qld
  • Cherbourg, Qld
  • Badu, Badu Island, Qld
  • Kubin, Moa Island, Qld
  • St Pauls, Moa Island, Qld
  • Maubiag, Mabuiag Island, Qld
Map of Australia showing DREAMT locations

Partners and Resources

Dementia Australia
Dementia Australia are helping deliver the education

Dementia Australia Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities

KICA Tool
The Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) tool

DACS
DACS are helping to fund this project.

CWAATSICH
Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health

CACH
Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health

Cherbourg Hospital

Torres and Cape Hospital Health Service

Outback road

Contact

For more information regarding the DREAMT project or the Centre for Online Health:

enquiries@coh.uq.edu.au
Ph: 07 3176-1685