KWNC Opens First Certified Dementia Care Planner (CDCP) Course to Enhance Support to Dementia Patients and Families

  • Group photo of guests, teaching representatives and students

  • Group photo of guests and teaching representatives

The three-month (80 hours) Certified Dementia Care Planner (CDCP) Course was first launched by Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) with the joint efforts of Hong Kong Alzheimer's Disease Association and Macau Alzheimer's Disease Association (MADA). The course, which is accredited by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), aims at providing training for frontline professionals in elderly care institutions in Macao so as to facilitate a more comprehensive nursing plan for dementia patients as well as their families.

The opening ceremony of the course took place on 25 March, 2017 at the Mong Ha Campus of KWNC, where more than 60 participants including Head of the Senior Service Division of Social Welfare Bureau Ms. Lo Sok Ha, Coordinator of the Dementia Medical Centre of Health Bureau Mr. Lo Iek Long, KWNC President Van Iat Kio, Chair of Hong Kong Alzheimer's Disease Association Dr. Dai Lok Kwan David, representative of Macau Alzheimer's Disease Association Chair Huen Wing Ming Patrick Mr. Poon Kai Tik, youth ambassadors of "Benevolence Lights up my Later Life" and students of the CDCP course. 

KWNC President Van Iat Kio explained that the course objective is set according to the policy development of the Macao SAR Government as well as social needs for promoting a "dementia friendly city". She hoped that starting from this first batch of CDCP professionals, more dementia patients and their families will be provided with comprehensive care, through which a more harmonious and quality living environment can be nurtured. 

Chair of Hong Kong Alzheimer's Disease Association Dr. David Dai noted that the course is accredited by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI). With the rich experiences the association possess, the course will introduce essentials for understanding dementia, pre-diagnostic social cognitive assessment and caregiver needs appraisal, care planning and management including counselling and caregiver support as well as advance care management. On the other hand, Mr. Poon Kai Tik emphasized that MADA is committed to promoting inter-professional collaboration as well as dementia prevention works; this course therefore serves as a stepping stone in promoting relevant missions. Head of the Senior Service Division of Social Welfare Bureau Ms. Lo Sok Ha fully recognized the importance of local institutions in promoting dementia prevention in the community. It is hoped that through inter-professional collaboration, comprehensive assessment, professional nursing planning through this course, the "five early intervention" policies namely early prevention, early detection, early diagnosis, early treatment and early support can be implemented. 

There are 40 students in this batch of CDCP course which include doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and occupational therapists from different nursing institutions in Macao. The teaching team includes professionals from Hong Kong and Macao, amongst whom three have attained the CDCP qualifications. Teachers from KWNC will also assist part of the teaching and the tuition is fully sponsored by Social Welfare Bureau. To complete the course and to obtain the certificate, students must complete an individual report, group project, test and examination with passing marks and attendance.