ANNE KELLYVincent Fairfax Churchill Fellowship to gain practical experience in the application of Restorative Therapies for people living with dementia
Anne is a registered nurse who also holds qualifications in Post Graduate Dementia Management, Assessment & Workplace Training and Dementia Care Mapping.
Anne is currently the Managing Director of Montessori Aged support Services. Anne has worked in the area of dementia care for the past 30 years and is well known across the aged care sector. She has strived to make a difference for people living with memory loss in both residential and community settings. She claims that the most important asset when working in this area is a passion for wanting to make a difference..
In 2009 Anne was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Churchill Fellowship to gain practical experience in the application of Restorative Therapies for people living with dementia based on Montessori proinciples
The fellowship enabled her to travel to Greece, Canada and the USA to work alongside world experts in this area including Dr Cameron Camp at the Hearthstone Dementia Foundation in Ohio, Professor Michelle Bourgeois from Ohio State University and Gail Elliott at McMaster University in Hamilton.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
Anne returned after my seven week fellowship journey with new visions of how it is possible to positively change the lives of people living with dementia and with a determination to educate on and promote rehabilitative/restorative therapies across the aged care sector.
She has since achieved the national accreditation of a Short Course in Rehabilitative Therapies – Dementia and continues to work closely with organizations around the country training staff in rehabilitative therapies and mentoring the organisation through the culture change required to implement a Montessori approach to care. This work takes her outside of Tasmania most weeks.
1n 2015, Anne continues to feel very honoured and fortunate to have been the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship. It has changed her life forever and the direction of her work well into the future has been molded by the experience.