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Human Rights of People Living with Dementia
A new project funded by the Dementia Australia Research Foundation explores perspectives of people living with dementia, care partners, care home workers, advocates and lawyers on realising human rights of people living with dementia in care homes. The project makes recommendations to engage human rights to end the confinement and segregation of people living with dementia in care homes, ultimately proposing deinstitutionalisation of the aged care system.

A new project 'Safe and Just Futures for People Living with Dementia in Residential Aged Care' explores perspectives of people living with dementia, care partners, care home workers, advocates and lawyers on human rights of people living with dementia in care homes. The project team was led by Dr Linda Steele and included Kate Swaffer (Dementia Alliance International), Prof Lyn Phillipson and Prof Richard Fleming. The project was funded by the Dementia Australia Research Foundation. 

The project focuses on the human rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The project makes recommendations to engage human rights to end the confinement and segregation of people living with dementia in care homes, ultimately proposing deinstitutionalisation of the aged care system.

Project report: https://www.dementiaallianceinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Safe-and-Just-Futures-Project-Report-for-Web.pdf

Anthology on human rights and people living with dementia: https://www.dementiaallianceinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Human-Rights-for-People-Living-with-Dementia-Anthology.pdf

Article on a human rights framework: https://www.mdpi.com/2075-471X/8/3/18

Article on confinement and segregation in care homes: https://www.hhrjournal.org/2020/06/human-rights-and-the-confinement-of-people-living-with-dementia-in-care-homes/

Article on barriers to realising human rights in care homes: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1323238X.2020.1773671

Contact: Dr Linda Steele, linda.steele@uts.edu.au

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