Closing the evidence-practice gap in young onset dementia care: a pilot implementation trial.
Although people with young onset dementia (under 65 years at symptom onset; YOD) have been eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) since 2016, many have reported problems with accessing support that meets their needs. Research by our team established guidelines for service delivery, but no work has been conducted to bridge the gap between this research and clinical practice. This study aims to improve the knowledge and competence in YOD service provision among NDIS Planners, who sit at the coal-face of assessing needs and developing formal support plans. We will determine whether a multi-component education and mentoring strategy can effectively improve the practices of NDIS planners, encourage innovative and meaningful collaboration with aged and community service providers, and promote best outcomes for people with YOD and their families.
Dr Cations is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care at Flinders University in Adelaide.