Dementia Australia has congratulated researchers from the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) on the release of the first Memory and Cognition Clinic Guidelines: National Service Guidelines for Specialised Dementia and Cognitive Decline Services in Australia.
Developed by more than a hundred researchers, health professionals, people living with dementia and their care partners, the guidelines include consensus-based recommendations for the ideal service provision at Australian memory and cognition clinics.
It covers aspects such as referral processes, assessment procedures, effective communication, and post-diagnostic support.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe says the guidelines aim to harmonise service provision and the diagnostic process of clinics.
“The guidelines represent the collaborative work between health professionals, academics and researchers, people living with dementia and their care partners,” McCabe says.
“Dementia Australia is included as a primary referral point to connect clients to services.
“From our own experience, people living with dementia often report how difficult it was to receive their diagnosis.
“A continued focus on timely diagnosis and early and appropriate support is essential to improve the quality of care for people living with dementia.
McCabe encourages all researchers and health professionals to refer their patients to Dementia Australia for support and access to services.
“Congratulations and thank you to all Dementia Advocates, researchers, health professionals and Dementia Australia staff who were involved in developing the guidelines,” she says.
The Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) is a network of leading researchers and clinicians who work together with the aim of improving the quality of dementia diagnosis and care and to accelerate the development of new treatments through research.
The guidelines can be accessed on the ADNeT website here.