To explore the use of Yoga within Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for people with a diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia

United Kingdom
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Robyn's Churchill Fellowship (2020) was to explore the use of yoga in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), a psycho-social, evidence-based program for people with mild to moderate dementia, with the intent to applying this program in Australia. Robyn's fellowship was undertaken as a hybrid program with online activities undertaken in May 2020 with the US, New Zealand and India and in-person travel to the UK to undertake a training, two conferences (including delivering a workshop at one conference) in London and travel to Plymouth to deliver yoga within a CST program for people with dementia. A highlight of Robyn's fellowship was a meeting with Professor Aimee Spector from University College London who developed CST through her PhD study. Robyn has maintained contact with Prof Spector.


Since completing her Churchill Fellowship in 2022, Robyn has initiated an Australian CST Working Group including service providers and academics across Australia. The Working Group has met bi-monthly since October 2022 and seeks to improve access to CST in Australia. Through collaboration with CST Master Trainers from New Zealand who Robyn worked with in her Churchill Fellowship exploration, a CST facilitator training was held in Melbourne in June 2023. An Australian Master Trainer has now been appointed, so CST facilitator training will be held annually, with the next training to be held in Sydney in September 2024.


Robyn has submitted a successful abstract for a remote poster for the International CST Conference in Hong Kong in June 2024. The poster will provide an overview of the process undertaken to establish the Australian CST Working Group. This process is of interest to other countries and Robyn has assisted the CST team from Africa to create a similar network of professionals interested in CST.


Robyn is currently contributing to an application for Distinguished Visitor through the University of Canberra to support a visit to Australia in November 2025 by Professor Aimee Spector (University College London) who established CST. Robyn visited Prof Spector during her Churchill Fellowship travel in June 2022.

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Robyn Lewis

Robyn Lewis

ACT
2020

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