Strategies for Relatives (START) - On-Line Project
START is an 8-week program of education, relaxation training and counselling for carers of people living with dementia. Developed in the UK, the program was shown to be effective in reducing the rates of depression and anxiety in carers. This project will adapt the existing program for the Australian context and be the first to test this approach via video-conferencing technology, enabling access to carers living in remote areas.
In November 2018, four therapists have completed their extensive training, the project has been adapted for the Australian healthcare context, and 20 participants have completed the program. Focus groups completed with 8 participants, University of Melbourne Masters student preparing thesis for submission. Abstract accepted to the Australian Association of Gerontology Conference 2018. And invited to present at the Psychology & Ageing Online Conference.