The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.
Anne Kelly is a registered nurse, Aged Care Montessorian and Dementia Consultant.
She is currently the Director of Montessori Consulting in Australia. Anne also holds qualifications in Post Graduate Dementia Management, Assessment and Workplace Training and Dementia Care Mapping. She has worked extensively in aged and dementia care both residential and community for the past 38 years.
In 2009 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further study Montessori methods for Dementia Care. Since this time Anne has continued to build her reputation as an experienced Aged Care Montessorian and she is now in demand to provide mentoring and training in Montessori methods for organization’s wishing to embrace Montessori methods into practice. Her work takes her across Australia and the world.
Anne is considered an Australian and World leader in Montessori Methods for aged care and dementia. She is the chair of the Association of Montessori Internationale Scientific Pedagogical committee on Montessori for Dementia and Ageing. This committee has established trainer standards and an international certification for the application of Montessori principles into aged care. The committee is committed to the training of trainers in countries around the world to ensure sustainability of a model that has the potential to change the face of aged care one step at a time.
Anne is well known throughout Australia. Her training is motivational, inspiring and she has been asked to speak about Montessori and the potential it has to change the lives of elderly people including those people living with dementia at many organisations and conferences both in Australia and across the world.
Anne published her first book in 2017, Forgetfulness, Feelings and Farnarkling, a book that examines where aged care has come from, where we are now and where we need to be.
Helen has worked within hospital, community and residential care systems over the past 30 years in the areas of ageing, dementia and palliative care. She has undertaken research in the UK in the field of innovative models of dementia care and designs and has developed educational materials for online and face to face learning.
Currently Helen consults across aged care as a Subject Matter Expert and Learning Specialist. Her work includes the design, development, delivery and evaluation of a wide range of nationally accredited training and site specific non-accredited tailored training packages, including Montessori for Ageing and Dementia. As an aged care Montessorian she supports organisation in the development of a Montessori Environment. She believes that Montessori fits beautifully within a wellness and re-ablement model.
Aged Care Manager
Sue has been an aged care manager for over 20 years. She has worked in three states and territories in a range of diverse and interesting aged care environments.
Whilst an aged care manager in South Australia Sue was responsible for implementing the Capability Model based on the principles of Montessori in conjunction with an innovative award-winning rebuilding program focussing on the prepared environment.
She also initiated and led the Bedtime to Breakfast project that is now a recognised program across the country. Prior to her work as a Montessori consultant she also managed a small rural Victorian facility which incorporated both acute and aged care beds.
Sue has a passion for enabling and engaging people living with dementia, ensuring everybody has a reason to get out of bed each day.
Gina was first introduced to Montessori when she became a Montessori Assistant for 3-6 year olds, and since then she has been a life long advocate of the Montessori philosophy.
She has in depth knowledge and experience of the Montessori Aged Care Framework and relevant qualifications including a Certificate in Developing Montessori Environments in Aged Care; Practitioner Certification AMI Montessori for Aging and Dementia; Certificate IV Training and Assessment; Master NLP Practitioner Certificate and a Certificate in Dancewise Movement Program. She has completed numerous aged care related courses hosted by UTAS and Dementia Australia. In addition to this, Gins has a Diploma in Arts/Theatre and a Diploma in Remedial Massage. Gina has been working in aged care for the past 5 years and has trained carers in the Montessori for Aged Care approach since 2017.
Gina is a professional singer/songwriter and has had the privilege of recently working as the Music/Choir Director of a dementia choir in Sydney where she has witnessed the magic that music plays on people living with dementia and disabilities.
Gina’s love of Maria Montessori’s work has played an important role in her life and that of her family for over 30 years. She is excited to share her knowledge, experience and passion as a Trainer and Mentor and to further the revolutionary impact that the Montessori framework plays in significantly enriching the lives of elders within the community who are living with dementia.
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