Dementia is not a normal part of ageing: it is a chronic, progressive and terminal disease.
Dementia videos for general practice
Debunking dementia myths
A/Professor Michael Woodward (AAV’s Chief Medical Advisor)
Detecting dementia in general practice
Dr Malcolm Clarke, (AAV’s GP Consultant)
State Trustees video 3
State Trustees video 4
There are estimated to be 353,800 Australians living with dementia, including 25,000 with younger onset dementia (below the age of 65). Read a summary of Australia dementia statistics.
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area in Australia. Alzheimer’s Australia recognises the vital roles that general practice and primary care play in the diagnosis and treatment of dementia, from identification and diagnosis, right through to the ongoing management and care of people living with dementia.
As the peak body representing people living with dementia, Alzheimer’s Australia is committed to encouraging and supporting general practitioners, general practice nurses, aged care workers and other health professionals in the identification, diagnosis, treatment, care and management of dementia in their patients.
Understanding the individual way in which dementia can affect a patient is a key element in enhancing patient–doctor communication and it can help you better understand a patient’s priorities for information, services and treatment.
In these pages we aim to provide you with credible, evidence-based material to help you:
- Support your skills in detection, diagnosis and management of dementia in your day-to-day practice
- Improve standards of patient care
- Review and update your knowledge of best-practice medicine
- Help you to empower your patients living with dementia and their families and carers
We welcome your ideas on new resources to be added to this directory. Please email your suggestions to Stef Colella our Primary Care Engagement Officer.
Collecting this information will assist us in better understanding general practice, and will help us improve our communications to assist health professionals in diagnosing and supporting patients with dementia.
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