Evaluate the Tweed Regional Museum's Program for People with Dementia

Tweed Regional Museum

Tweed Regional Museum is developing an object-based reminiscence program for people with dementia. Help us complete an evaluation of the program to see whether it has had positive effects on the cognitive function and wellbeing of participants. This project would be suitable for students studying Occupational Therapy (HLT10595).


Availability: Approved

Time required: Not yet defined

Duration: 24 weeks

2 Queensland Road

Requires face to face contact: Yes



The aim of the evaluation project is to use specialist knowledge of people with dementia to formulate an evaluation framework that will enable the Museum to assess whether the program has had positive effects on participants' cognitive function, feeling of wellbeing and social connectivity. This framework will then be used at each session of the program to record results, culminating in a report at the end of the evaluation period.


Ideally, students will assist us to develop an evaluation framework that can be used by either the project members or Museum staff at each session of the program; develop surveys or other resources that can be used by project members or Museum staff at each session of the program, and analyse data collected to evaluate the program and compile a report with full evaluation and recommendations.

Needs to be addressed

This is the first attempt by the Museum at providing a program for people with dementia. Thorough and specialist evaluation will enable us to assess whether the program design meets the needs of people with dementia, and the effects of the program on the wellbeing and cognitive function of participants.

Benefits to students

Students will benefit by being involved in the evolution of a pilot project, by the opportunity to work with members of the community living with dementia and by the opportunity to use this program as an full evaluation project, over a 6 month period.


Southern Cross University

A minimum of 1 student to work on the project. Project members should have knowledge of dementia and communicating with people with dementia, skills at developing an evaluation program, and report writing skills.


Use of office equipment: pc, printer, phone.
Access to the program group to undertake evaluation.