In collaboration with the University of Newcastle, Hunter Valley Care is proud to present the 2015 Creative Dementia Therapy Scholarship.
The therapeutic benefits of creative pursuits such as music and art have been proven worldwide, especially in the areas of aged care and dementia therapy. Research has consistently shown that creative therapies can, and do, improve the cognitive function and mental wellbeing of dementia patients.
The Creative Dementia Therapy Scholarship aims to award a scholarship prize to a student or students who display excellence in the area of creative dementia therapy. Applicants are required to design, develop and monitor a creative therapy program for use in residential nursing homes. The winning entry will receive a monetary scholarship to facilitate further study.


Here, you’ll find everything you need to help you get started. Access the scholarship criteria, begin the registration process and start some background reading.


Click here to access valuable resources accumulated by Hunter Valley Care and UoN. You’ll find a wealth of information and inspiration to guide you throughout your scholarship project.


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Helen English

University of Newcastle

Helen English is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts at UoN. She has a passionate interest in mentoring students to develop and achieve aspirations, which she facilitates through her role in Student Experience, through developing scholarships and prizes and through creating opportunities for students to perform, assist in workshops at the Conservatorium and move onto further studies.

Professor Sally Chan

Sally Chan

University of Newcastle

Sally is a global nurse educator and researcher. Her career influences the tripartite mission of research, education and practice. She focuses on translating evidence to improve practice outcomes, implementing teaching innovations, and mentoring new generations of nurses to advance nursing.

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Dylan Walsh

Financial Controller

Dylan joined Hunter Valley Care in 2012, bringing over eight years of public practice experience to the fold. He worked for four years as an external and internal auditor as well as four years in taxation. His passionate interest in business sustainability and community projects ensures he is an active and dynamic presence in the Hunter Valley Care family.​