DBMAS provides free support and advice to service providers and individuals caring for people living with dementia. DBMAS helps where behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia are affecting a person’s care.

Services include:

  • assessment of the person with dementia, and their carer and support network
  • clinical support, information and advice
  • care planning, case conferences, referrals and short-term case management
  • mentoring and clinical supervision for care providers
  • building care providers’ capacity and knowledge
  • help to link to current research, literature and evidence-based practice guidelines
  • translation and interpreting services for clients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • behaviour consultants with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD portfolios
  • advice and support that is relevant to other special needs groups (for example, younger or working-age dementia, learning disability and dementia)
  • referrals to the Severe Behaviour Response Teams

Why it is important

The role of DBMAS is to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.

DBMAS partners with the person living with dementia and their care network to understand the causes and/or triggers that led to changes in behaviour.

These behaviours can be a response to:

  • the environment
  • stimuli
  • the interaction between people
  • a more complex interplay of medical issues as a result of their diagnosis

Each person experiences dementia differently. DBMAS seeks to recognise and respond individually to these changes.


DBMAS supports staff and carers in community, residential, acute and primary care settings.

It provides information, advice, assessment and short-term case management interventions.

Who we work with

Dementia Support Australia is the national provider of DBMAS and Severe Behaviour Response Teams.

HammondCare leads the industry partnership responsible for Dementia Support Australia.

We fund Dementia Support Australia under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund to deliver DBMAS.


Dementia Support Australia is funded to provide DBMAS until 30 June 2022.

Related information

Dementia Support Australia has resources to help health care professionals and family members supporting a person living with dementia.


If you have questions, or would like more information on DBMAS, contact Dementia Support Australia.

Last updated: 
14 January 2022