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Diagnosing dementia in general practice: Part one - S1, EP4.1

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Hilton, Marita and Steph discuss the challenges for General Practitioners of diagnosing dementia and offer some simple diagnostic frameworks to help overcome those challenges.



Dementia Training Australia
We provide dementia-specific accredited and non-accredited education, training, and professional development for aged and health care professionals.


Dementia Australia
Providing support, information and services for people living with dementia, carers, family and health professionals

National Dementia Helpline – 1800100500

Dementia Support Australia (DSA)
Dementia Support Australia (DSA) provides the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) and Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT) nationwide. Dementia Support Australia offers a free national service operating 24/7 365 days a year.

24 hour Helpline 18000699799

Carers Australia
Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level. It works collaboratively with partners and its member organisations, the Network of state and territory Carers Associations, to deliver a range of essential national carer services.

Phone 1800242636

RACGP Silver Book
Medical care of older persons in residential aged care facilities (Silver Book) aims to provide GPs and other health professionals including residential aged care nurses, with a resource for delivering quality health care in residential aged care facilities. key-racgp-guidelines/view-all-racgp-guidelines/silver-book

RACGP Red Book
- Guidelines for preventative activities in general practice - Dementia key-racgp-guidelines/view-all-racgp-guidelines/red-book/ preventive-activities-in-older-age/dementia

My Aged Care
- dementia resources conditions/dementia

Cognitive Screening Tests Standardised Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE)
Frequently used in general practice as included in most popular medical software programs. MMSE score require for prescribing dementia medications on PBS smmse-tool-v2.pdf - net636/f/publications/smmse-guidelines-v2.pdf—explanation of scoring

The GPCOG is a reliable, valid and efficient instrument to screen for dementia specifically in a primary care setting. The GPCOG score is not influenced by the cultural and linguistic background of a person making it an invaluable screening tool especially in multicultural patient settings.

Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) 
The Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) was developed in response to the need for a cognitive screening tool for older Indigenous Australians (45 years plus) living in rural and remote areas. The KICA tool was named after where the original research was conducted and comprises of a number of sections and assesses the person and carer. The KICA tool is now widely used in remote or rural locations across Australia. 2006.pdf

Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale
The Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS) is a short cognitive screening instrument designed to minimise the effects of cultural learning and language diversity on the assessment of baseline cognitive performance. files/20110311_2011NSWRUDASscoring_sheet.pdf - the test dementia-assessment-scale-rudas - information and links to tests in Chinese and Italian

Montreal Cognitive Assessment
The MoCA is well validated and covers a number of cognitive domains. If repeat tests are required, two alternative versions are available with instructions on the MoCA Test website. The tests are also available in many different European and Asian languages.  (Free registration required)

GP Management Plans
Dementia specific GP management plans for Stages 1, 2 and 3 dementia

Dementia Training Australia - online courses

Demystifying dementia:
A practical course in the diagnosis and management of dementia
Hours: 3

Demystifying dementia
: A practical course in the diagnosis and management of dementia
Hours: 2 | RACGP: 4pts | ACRRM: 2hrs practical-course-diagnosis-and-management-dementia

Teaching plans for GP supervisors to use with their registrars
(NB Enter term Dementia into search function to find teaching plans on dementia)

Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Master of Dementia Program


Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Understanding Dementia MOOC


Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre 
Preventing Dementia

Driving and dementia resources dementia/ driving-vic

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