Dementia training in Australia

Interview with Professor Anders Wimo, co-author, Second World Alzheimer Report 2010

A groundbreaking partnership has been formed between the Sir William Beveridge Foundation and Alzheimer’s Australia (WA) Ltd. The new partnership was formally agreed at a special ceremony in London on 29 September 2010 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Professor Alan Lee Williams OBE, Chair of the Beveridge Foundation and Frank J. Schaper, Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer’s Australia (WA) Ltd.

The first task of this new long-term partnership is to start work on dementia in Bangladesh through a ‘training for trainers’ programme involving a number of Beveridge Foundation staff based in Dhaka.

At the special signing ceremony, Rahman Jilani, Executive Director and Founder of the Beveridge Foundation said:
Prof Alan Lee Williams (left) and Frank J Schaper sign the new agreement
“Knowledge about dementia in Bangladesh is almost non-existent and so this new partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia (WA) Ltd is of tremendous importance in enabling us to develop not only the care that we provide through the Foundation’s homecare service in that country but also to raise awareness among the general population and health and social care professionals.

“This partnership provides us with a platform to spread knowledge about this dreadful disease that so cruelly affects the individuals who suffer from it and creates such enormous difficulties for their families.

“I am delighted that we have established this new partnership. With the expertise of Frank Schaper and his staff alongside us we will be pursuing some innovative and effective work in order to help people deal with this terrible condition. I look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with them.”

Frank J. Schaper, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Australia (WA) Ltd said:

Frank Schaper

“I am very excited about this new partnership. I am interested in supporting and working with organisations that have the desire and ability to initiate and sustain their activities over the long term and the Sir William Beveridge Foundation shows just such a desire.

“I visited the Foundation’s office in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the beginning of 2010 and saw first hand the work that they are doing there through their unique free homecare service. I also saw the enthusiasm and commitment that the Beveridge staff have to their work.

“I am looking forward very much to beginning our training work with the Foundation shortly and to help develop and implement further ideas and activities around dementia in conjunction with them over the coming months and years.”

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