The aged care royal commission has heard people are missing out on support and management after being diagnosed with dementia because of a breakdown in the referral process.
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An online training resource has been developed for practice nurses and GPs to support improved outcomes in dementia care.
Investment is needed to improve the number of GPs offering online consultations according to Curtin University researchers, who found uptake is far from routine in Australia despite the potential for benefits.
The federal parliamentary committee inquiry into the early diagnosis and intervention of dementia has tabled its final report making a wide range of recommendations, including the development of a Dementia Link Worker and higher training standards for GPs
Many health professionals don’t realise that dementia can strike anyone at any age and as a result, often misdignose adults under age 65 with the disease, according to people with younger onset dementia and their carers.