Improved dementia support through program redesign

Two associations have been selected to deliver a national dementia behaviour management service and a streamlined training program to better support people with dementia and their carers.

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16 September 2016

Two associations have been selected to deliver a national dementia behaviour management service and a streamlined training program to better support people with dementia and their carers.

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM MP said the new arrangements will replace the current services, delivered by multiple providers across the country, and deliver increased consistency of dementia support in Australia.

“In January this year, Minister Ley announced a redesign of dementia programs, based on the findings of the Analysis of Dementia Programs report in 2015.

“The redesign included a single national provider for the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service to provide specialist clinical support services, advice and information to those caring for people with dementia; and streamlining the current Dementia Study Training Centres and Dementia Care Essentials Program into a single national Dementia Training Program.

“Following a competitive open market process, a consortium led by HammondCare has been selected to deliver the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, while a University of Wollongong-led consortium will develop and enhance the skills of the workforce who care for people with dementia under the Dementia Training Program.”

Minister Wyatt said the selection of these associations follows a three-stage selection process, including the engagement of clinical experts to assess applications.

“The new national programs will start from 1 October this year. During September the new providers will work with current providers to make sure there are no gaps in service delivery or support,” Minister Wyatt said.

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 4707.

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