Clinical guidelines for dementia

Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia

Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia

In February 2016, the NHMRC approved the recommendations from the first Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia: Recommendations

Currently there are more than 353,800 Australians with dementia and this figure is expected to increase to almost 900,000 by 2050. More than 1.2 million Australians are involved in their care and the cost of dementia on the health and aged care systems in calculated to be at least $4.9 billion per annum.

National clinical guidelines for people with dementia will provide health professionals and carers in primary care, aged care and hospital settings with access to recommendations reflecting current evidence on dementia care to better respond to the needs and preferences of the person living with dementia.

The guidelines contain 109 recommendation that health and aged care staff should apply in their workplaces while also responding to the needs and preferences of the person with dementia and their carer(s) and family. Of these recommendations, 29 were evidence based recommendations, seven were classified as consensus based recommendations and 73 were practice points.

Consumer Companion Guide

Consumer Companion Guide

A consumer companion guide entitled Diagnosis, treatment and care for people with dementia: A consumer companion guide has been developed for members of the public to complement the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia.

Working closely with consumers ensured this resource uses accessible language to provide practical guidance about important aspects of the clinical practice guidelines for consumers living with dementia and will allow consumers to be fully informed when being investigated or treated for possible or diagnosed dementia

The below video describes the Consumer Companion Guide and how it can be useful resource for people with dementia, their care partners as well as clinicians.

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Guideline and Recommendations

Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia

Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia: Recommendations

Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia: Recommendations (Vietnamese)

Diagnosis, treatment and care for people with dementia: A consumer companion guide

Diagnosis, treatment and care for people with dementia: A consumer companion guide (Vietnamese)