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Tackling dementia awareness in primary healthcare


An online training resource has been developed for practice nurses and GPs to support improved outcomes in dementia care.

The Dementia Care Training and Education Program is an initiative of the General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT) that targets health professionals working in primary healthcare setting across Australia.

GPTT CEO Allyson Warrington said the project identified a need to improve knowledge and attitudes to dementia among health professionals.

“We know that improving the awareness, management and care of people with dementia in primary care is a challenge,” Ms Warrington said.

“What we wanted to do at GPTT is provide a module resource that could help train our GPs to treat people living with dementia, with a special emphasis on the Aboriginal community.”

The interactive online module resource – Recognising, Diagnosing and Managing Dementia in General Practice has four modules:

  • Recognising Dementia in General Practice
  • Diagnosing Dementia in General Practice
  • How Does Dementia Progress
  • Managing Dementia in General Practice

The program was developed by GPTT in collaboration with the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre at the University of Tasmania.

An evaluation of the project showed that confidence, attitudes and knowledge of dementia improved among participants.

Access more information about the project here.

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