Aged Care News – Nov ’16

Aged Care News – Nov ’16

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Dementia Support Australia is new national provider of the DBMAS

On 1 October 2016, Dementia Support Australia (DSA) became the national provider of the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS). DSA is an industry partnership led by HammondCare, and replaces the former state and territory-based DBMAS services, which were delivered by different providers across the country.

DBMAS provides support and advice to service providers and individuals caring for people with dementia where behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are affecting a person’s care.

Where a person is experiencing severe and extreme BPSD, DBMAS can refer them to the Severe Behaviour Response Teams for additional support. These are also delivered by DSA.

Getting advice from DBMAS is as simple as a phone call to the 24-hour helpline – 1800 699 799.

CLICK HERE for more information.

New Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence project from CareSearch

CareSearch is undertaking the ‘Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence’ project being funded by the Department of Health. It will create a new online resource linking health and aged care professionals to palliative care/aged care evidence and practice resources.

Why is it important?
The APRAC (2006) and COMPAC (2011) Guidelines brought together the evidence around palliative care for older people living in residential aged care and in the community. As new research has been published, there is a need to update the guidance. There is also the opportunity to make the content available online making it accessible when it is needed and to link through to tools, projects and education options relevant to the sector.

What does it mean for rural and remote nurses?
Rural and remote nurses will have information about palliative care for older people at their fingertips. There will also be resources and information specific to providing care in rural and remote settings.

Get involved!
The PCACE Project is being supported by a National Advisory Group comprising leaders from aged care, palliative care and community organisations and an Expert Advisory Group with experts in clinical practice, aged care, research design and evaluation. You can help by: suggesting tools, resources or projects that need to be included in the online guidance, reviewing project content and pages or by joining user testing activities, and promoting the PCACE project within your
organisation’s newsletter and to your colleagues. Get in touch by emailing us at pcace.project@flinders.edu.au

When will it be available?
The new online resources will be released before 30 June 2017.

You can find out more and sign up for the PCACE Project News here.

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