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Development of pathways to care and education for Aboriginal people living with dementia

Kate Smith, Prof Leon Flicker
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Western Australia Centre for Health and Ageing, University of Western Australia - Centre for Remote Health
Project Description

Research has been conducted by the research team at the Western Australia Centre for Health and Ageing, University of Western Australia, in collaboration with the Centre for Remote Health, on the unmet needs of people with dementia and their caregivers in Central Australia.

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Twenty- two service providers and ten caregivers were interviewed to determine the key unmet needs of dementia service coordination and education. There are a large range of health and community services available in Central Australia. Local service providers and caregivers are often unaware of the range of services available and how to access them and report poor service coordination is duplicating service provision in remote communities.

A number of educational resources have been developed, however there is generally poor awareness of what is available, how to access it and who can provide the training. Dementia guidelines on assessment, diagnosis, management, educational resources and referrals to local support and education services are required to improve the quality and coordination of dementia care in remote communities. It is proposed that dementia guidelines are developed in collaboration with local service providers and community members through focus groups to ensure the pathways meet their needs.

The pathways will be piloted in a remote Central Australian Aboriginal community for a period of 6 months, involving all target groups based in, or accessing the community.

An evaluation will be completed at baseline and at the completion of the trial through qualitative interviews with the target groups on service coordination and dementia education


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