A long awaited report from the Department of Health and Ageing has called for the establishment of an expert group on psychogeriatric disorders in aged care.

The report into psychogeriatric illnesses in residential care was commissioned by the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot last April.

The report was completed by the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing, Mary Murnane, and was tabled at the meeting of the Ministerial Conference on Ageing  last November.

Other recommendations from the ‘Murnane report’ include the development of a set of principles for effective care and the creation of protocols for collaboration between aged care providers and the state mental health systems.

In response to the report, the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot has also released $2 million in grants for further research into the treatment of psychogeriatric disorders.

“Our medical and clinical information knowledge base grows with each new research finding, clinical practice guideline and treatment approach,” said Mrs Elliot.

“In the case of behaviour management practices, it is vitally important that this new information is translated into clinical practice in the aged care sector as quickly as possible,” Mrs Elliot said.

Applications for the grant will be administered by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Psychogeriatric disorders include psychiatric conditions that predate the ageing process, such as depression or schizophrenia, as well as dementia.

Click here to see a full copy of the ‘Report to the Minister for Ageing on Residential Care and People with Psychogeriatric Disorders’.

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