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International Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Centre

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Angela Berndt
Programme Director: Occupational Therapy. School of Health Sciences, City East Campus, University of South Australia, 108 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia. 
Email: angela.berndt@unisa.edu.au
Website: www.ach.org.au

Lenore de la Perrelle
Social Worker / Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aged Care Centre for Growth and Translational Research, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Level 2, Tonsley Hub, South Road, Tonsley, South Australia 5042.
Email: lenore.delaperrelle@flinders.edu.au
Website: www.flinders.edu.au

Robyn Lewis
Churchill Fellow / Yoga Enlightenment Australia 
Email: robyn@yogaenlightenment.com.au
Phone: +61 432 778 271

Aged Care Psychiatry Service, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Daniella Kanareck 
Senior Social Worker
Aged Care Psychiatry Services / Memory Disorders Clinic
Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Email: Daniella.Kanareck@health.nsw.gov.au

Natalie Narunsky 
Senior Occupational Therapist
Aged Care Psychiatry Services / Memory Disorders Clinic
Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Email: Natalie.Narunsky@health.nsw.gov.au

Professor Brian Draper MBBS MD FRANZCP
Professor (Conjoint), School of Psychiatry
University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
Director, Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry
Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick
Email: b.draper@unsw.edu.au


CST provision

Since 2006, CST has been offered in a range of settings including residential services, hospital wards and transition care services (hospital to home transitions). CST principles have been incorporated into social groups in community settings since 2009.

CST research projects

  • Evaluation of the 2008 University of South Australia occupational therapy student placement at ACH Group, undertaken by the SA&NT Dementia Training Study Centre (DTSC) 
  • Joint evaluation with University of South Australia, DTSC and ACH Group assessed the success of the collaboration in improving outcomes for people with dementia and graduate student experiences on placement.
  • In 2020, Robyn Lewis received a Churchill Fellowship to explore yoga for cognitive stimulation in dementia settings in New Zealand, US and UK.

CST Australia working group

Robyn Lewis is developing a working group for those interested in collaboration in Australia. Contact: robyn@yogaenlightenment.com.au


Aged Care Psychiatry Service, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia

CST research projects 

CST guide designed for Australian Use, Australian Journal of Dementia Care, 2016
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy - a pilot Australian Adaptation
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy: a pilot Australian adaptation DCRC Summary Report, July 2015
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy: a pilot Australian adaptation, Australian Journal of Dementia Care, Feb/March 2015
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy - a pilot Australian adaption, National Dementia Research Forum 2014, Sydney

Poster presentations

Alzheimer’s Australia’s 15th Annual Conference, Tasmania 14–17 May 2013
National Dementia Research Forum 2014, Sydney

Training

CST Training is provided to aged care community support workers and residential staff.