Dementia Australia welcomes the launch of the first National Memory and Cognition Clinic Guidelines

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Dementia peak body congratulates researchers from the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) on the release of the first Memory and Cognition Clinic Guidelines: National Service Guidelines for Specialised Dementia and Cognitive Decline Services in Australia. 

Developed by over a hundred researchers, health professionals, people living with dementia and their care partners, the guidelines include consensus-based recommendations for the ideal service provision at Australian Memory and Cognition Clinics. It covers aspects such as referral processes, assessment procedures, effective communication, and post-diagnostic support.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM said the guidelines aim to harmonise service provision and the diagnostic process of Memory and Cognition Clinics across Australia.

“The guidelines represent the collaborative work between health professionals, academics and researchers, people living with dementia and their care partners.

“Dementia Australia is included as a primary referral point to connect clients to services. 

“From our own experience, people living with dementia often report how difficult it was to receive their diagnosis.

“A continued focus on timely diagnosis and early and appropriate support is essential to improve the quality of care for people living with dementia. 

“I encourage all researchers and health professionals to refer their patients to Dementia Australia for support and access to services.

“Congratulations and thank you to all Dementia Advocates, researchers, health professionals and Dementia Australia staff who were involved in developing the guidelines.  

The Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) is a network of leading researchers and clinicians who work together with the aim of improving the quality of dementia diagnosis and care and to accelerate the development of new treatments through research.  

The Guidelines can be accessed on the ADNeT website: https://www.australiandementianetwork.org.au/initiatives/memory-clinics-network/adnet-memory-and-cognition-clinic-guidelines/ 

Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.

For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available and the Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking for information can also visit dementia.org.au 

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