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Voting and patients with dementia

Voting and patients with dementia

The Australian Electoral Commission has a form for those who are unable to vote on the ground of dementia.  This form needs to be completed by a member of the family/Enduring Power of Attorney.    Once complete the doctor needs to confirm that the patient is unable to vote.  You can email the form to us at

Note this form can only be used for those 'who are of unsound mind and incapable of understanding the nature and significance of enrolment and voting.'  For those with a disability or mobility restriction please visit the Australian Electoral Commission site for more guidance.



Aged Care Royal Commission

Prestantia Health's Dr. Paresh Dawda provided evidence today at the Aged Care Royal Commission.

He was asked questions about many aspects of aged care and health. He discussed fit for purpose funding models to improve healthcare for those in residential aged care, the value of teamwork and need for multi-disciplinary teams, value-based approaches to providing healthcare for elderly, the integration of care including record systems.

His statement can be reviewed at

Calvary Health Care Clinical Council

Dr. Paresh Dawda has been appointed to the Clinical Council for Calvary Health.  Calvary Health is a not for profit healthcare organisation with a mission to provide quality, compassionate healthcare to the most vulnerable, including those reaching the end of their life.  This is a privileged advisory position supporting an organisation delivering hospital, community and aged care services.

Trial of Video Conferencing

Having identified an opportunity to trial video conferencing offered by a Commonwealth Government Department of Health initiative we are pleased to soon begin video conferencing for health consultations.  We are grateful to Capital Health Network who facilitated the approach to the Commonwealth.

We will be piloting this across four Residential Aged Care Facilities for urgent clinical issues only.  We are very excited by this initiative which supports all of our values of Excellence, Equity, Collaboration and Innovation.

A presentation by our pharmacist on Chronic Pain to staff at a residential aged care facility

Our practice pharmacist, Nicole McDerby, with our GP, Dr Paresh Dawda, are leading a quality improvement project addressing the management of patients with chronic pain in residential aged care. A key aspect of this project is the production of a comprehensive document contributing to the care plan held by the residential aged care facility. Nicole delivered a presentation to one of the facilities as part of their staff’s in service training on the managing chronic pain in residential aged care.

Prestantia Health

Suite 83
2 Endeavour House
Captain Cook Crescent
Manuka ACT 2603

T: 02 6113 0188
F: 02 6147 0311

Prestantia Health

Forde Suites
1st Floor (Units 8-10)
26 Francis Forde Boulevard
Forde, ACT 2914

T: 02 6113 0188
F: 02 6147 0311