Welcome to the program resource page for
Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice:
Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)

On this page you will find a variety of guides and support resources (quick links on right), developed by The BPSD Guide - Resource Development, Dissemination and Evaluation program.   These resources are provided free of charge. More information about the development of these resources and future activities, including training, is detailed below.

If you would like to provide feedback or need additional information on any of these resources, please contact Kim Burns
This program commenced in 2011 when the then Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) funded DCRC at UNSW to develop the document: Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). 
The document includes a comprehensive overview of BPSD management principles.The aim of the Guide is to provide guidance for clinicians in their role of assisting residential aged care facility staff, community care staff and family members caring for persons with dementia, who present with BPSD. Additional considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background are also included.
Following the release of the Guide in 2012, DCRC at UNSW has developed additional resources consistent with the evidence and practice-based content (see links to the right).
  1. Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (update in progress 2020)

  2. A Clinician’s Field Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

  3. Guide for Family Carers: Dealing with Behaviours in People with Dementia

  4. BPSD Guide App for clinicians (update planned)

  5. BPSD in-service and evaluation training packages

  6. Care4Dementia App for family carers and direct care staff (update planned)

  7. BPSD posters for remote Aboriginal communities - The posters are based on the principles in the original BPSD Guide and support the DBMAS BPSD videos. The video project included an Indigenous consultancy group to ensure they were culturally appropriate and acceptable. Further consultation on the posters was undertaken with others working with Aboriginal communities in remote areas. Health professionals should use their clinical judgement to determine the appropriateness and applicability when using these resources.

  8. Factsheets for those supporting LGBTI peoples who present with BPSD

For further information see the BPSD Guide Program Page

New resource available soon:

The DCRC has developed an eLearning resource highlighting additional considerations for those managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. This eLearning resource supports the above factsheets. We are currently working with DTA toward making this resource accessible via their eLearning platform.

BPSD Special Interest Group:

The BPSD special interest group is for professionals, people living with dementia, family members and/or carer partners, or anyone with an interest in BPSD. Find out more by clicking on this link https://bpsdgroup.wordpress.com/

Aims of BPSD special interest group

  1. To foster research into prevention and management of BPSD
  2. To encourage research implementation
  3. To encourage collaboration in research and implementation between researchers, service providers, people living with dementia and their families and/ or carer partners
  4. To provide a forum for discussion


*‘Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia is used respectfully for communication between professionals, people living with dementia and families. For more information about preferences on terminology, please consult the Dementia Language Guidelines produced by Dementia Australia. 

Key Partners:

Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services (DBMAS),
Dementia Training Australia (DTA)