Clinical practice guidelines for dementia in Australia

Kate Laver, Robert Cumming, Suzanne Dyer, Meera Agar, Kaarin Anstey, Elizabeth Beattie, Henry Brodaty, Tony Broe, Lindy Clemson, Maria Crotty, Margaret Dietz, Brian Draper, Leon Flicker, Margeret Friel, Louise Heuzenroeder, Susan Koch, Susan Kurrle, Rhonda Nay, Dimity Pond, Jane ThompsonYvonne Santalucia, Craig Whitehead, Mark Yates

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    About 9% of Australians aged 65 years and over have a diagnosis of dementia. Clinical practice guidelines aim to enhance research translation by synthesising recent evidence for health and aged care professionals. New clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia detail the optimal diagnosis and management in community, residential and hospital settings. The guidelines have been approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The guidelines emphasise timely diagnosis; living well with dementia and delaying functional decline; managing symptoms through training staff in how to provide person-centred care and using nonpharmacological approaches in the first instance; and training and supporting families and carers to provide care.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)191-193
    Number of pages3
    JournalMJA Medical Journal of Australia
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2016


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