Dementia Clinical Practice Guidelines and free online training course

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Dementia is now the second leading cause of death in Australia with approximately 60,000 new cases each year. Resources are available for primary care staff and patients within the region.

The Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia (the Guidelines) provide health professionals and care workers with evidence-based recommendations about the care of people living with dementia and those being investigated for the possibility of dementia.

The Guidelines were developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre.

A consumer companion guide has also been developed to complement the clinical guidelines to help consumers to be informed when being investigated or treated for dementia.

The guides are available to download from the University of Sydney website:

For health professionals: Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia

For consumers: Diagnosis, treatment and care for people with dementia: A consumer companion guide to the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia

The University of Tasmania’s Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free 9 week online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia. The course involves three hours study per week.

The course will help to improve awareness and understanding of dementia and is aimed at:

  • health professionals and their support staff
  • health policy makers
  • social scientists
  • people in the early stages of the disease, their families and carers
  • individuals with a general interest in dementia.

Enrolment is open now and closes 18 August 2017. More information can be found via the University of Tasmania website

Please contact dementia@health.gov.au if you require further information.