First-ever Dementia Clinical Guidelines - potential to transform dementia care in Australia

Media Release

Wednesday 16 March 2016

First-ever Dementia Clinical Guidelines - potential to transform dementia care in Australia

The first Australian Guidelines on dementia will be launched today by the Minister for Health, The Hon Sussan Ley, MP at the Alzheimer’s Australia National Consumer Summit at Parliament House.

The Health Minister said with dementia a National Health Priority and the second leading cause of death in Australia,1 these guidelines will help to inform a nationally co-ordinated response to the condition set to affect almost one million Australians by 2050.2

“The evidence-based guidelines have been developed specifically for Australia and are designed for use by health care professionals and those caring for, or working with, people living with dementia,” The Hon Sussan Ley, MP said.

“Clinical guidelines have been shown to improve health outcomes and care, and that is what we are expecting these guidelines to deliver for people living with dementia and their carers.”

There are 109 recommendations in the guidelines which have the potential to transform dementia care in Australia.

Professor Susan Kurrle, Director and Chief Investigator of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC) said, “clinicians and consumers have been looking forward to the release of the guidelines as they will provide much needed guidance and information on a wide range of issues associated with dementia.”

Mr John Quinn, who is living with dementia said, “these guidelines will help people better understand the specific needs that we as people living with dementia are faced with every day.”

Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC said consumers played a key role in the development of the guidelines to ensure the document is relevant to the needs of people with dementia and their carers.

“These guidelines are an example of the impact that can be achieved when consumers partner with clinicians and researchers,” Professor Graeme Samuel AC said.

The guidelines were developed within the $25 Million NHMRC Partnership Centre: Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People (CDPC) and forms part of the Federal Government’s Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. The CDPC has developed the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia in consultation with an expert multi-disciplinary Guideline Adaptation Committee convened by the CDPC.

Media contacts:

CDPC:  Sally Grosvenor    M: 0410 682 199     E: sms.cdpc@sydney.edu.au        

Alzheimer’s Australia: Bianca Armytage M: 0407 019 430 E:bianca.armytage@alzheimers.org.au

Available for comment:

  • Professor Susan Kurrle - CDPC
  • Dr Kate Laver and Associate Professor Craig Whitehead - CDPC
  • Mr John Quinn – person living with dementia
  • Professor Graeme Samuel AC – Alzheimer’s Australia National President

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015) Causes of Death, Australia, 2013: Cat no. 3303.0

2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Dementia in Australia

 

Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.


National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area


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