Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services

General Practitioner Resource

This website provides guidance around timely recognition and management of cognitive decline, current assessment and referral practices, and also covers topics such as types of dementia, Delirium, Driving, Financial/Legal concerns, Behavioural and Psychological symptoms of dementia, and links to local WA services.

The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services (DBMAS) is a nationwide network of services funded by the Australian Government.

The program provides clinical support for people caring for someone with dementia who is demonstrating behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) which are impacting on their care.

The role of the DBMAS program is to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers where the behaviour of the person with dementia impacts on their care. This is achieved by improving the dementia care capacity of care workers, carers and service providers.

This state-wide service is provided by a team of experienced health professionals based at Alzheimer’s Australia WA. DBMAS is also supported by clinicians specialising in general medicine, advanced practice nursing (nurse practitioner), neuropsychology, clinical psychology and pharmacology as well as registered therapists in speech, music, art and aromatherapy.

Who are the key stakeholders in the primary health care expansion?

  • People with dementia who are accessing the health care system
  • The support system for the person with dementia, including carers and other agencies involved in care
  • General Practitioners, Practice Nurses & Allied Health professionals in the primary care sector
  • Medicare Locals, and generalist community care providers
  • Clients and support staff from diverse community groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or intersex

Support for the primary health care sector

DBMAS will provide advice and support in relation to:

  • Staff education and training needs associated with dementia
  • Assessment, evaluation and planning tools
  • Advice on adapting the environment to support a person with dementia, in the home
  • Practical and sensory resources or equipment that staff and carers can use to support the person with behavioural symptoms associated with dementia, living at home

Potential benefits

Support for the Western Australian Health Service to manage the predicted growth in dementia through:

  • Improved access to information and support for the general public and professionals in the Primary Health Sector relating to dementia
  • Earlier recognition and more effective response to dementia related needs for those living in the community
  • Improvement in assessment, care planning and management of the person with behavioural symptoms associated with dementia, living at home
  • Improved outcomes for people with dementia with behavioural symptoms
"Helping Australians with Dementia, and Their Carers"