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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

BPSD Team , Prof Henry Brodaty, Ms Kim Burns, Dr Ranmalie Jayasinha
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution
Project Description

There is a need for greater, targeted support for LGBTI people with dementia from all care contexts, requiring service providers to be better informed in the additional considerations relevant to the management of BPSD in this group.

his project will develop, implement and evaluate a web based eLearning resource for care staff and health professionals working in acute, community and residential care settings. The proposed resource will inform the dementia care workforce of the additional considerations required when caring for LGBTI people who present with BPSD. Consultation will be undertaken with consumers, experts, LGBTI peak bodies and those experienced in providing services to LGBTI people with dementia. Outcomes from a comprehensive review of the academic and grey literature will be included.

The additional considerations for LGBTI people who present with BPSD will be based on the evidence and practice-based principles outlined in the document Behaviour Management, A Guide to Good Practice, Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia and associated resources previously developed by the BPSD team at DCRC-ABC. The proposed resource will complement the existing eLearning resource Caring for LGBTI People with Dementia developed by the Dementia Training Studies Centre (DTSC) SA/NT.

The target audience for the proposed LGBTI resource is care staff and health professionals working in all care settings. The eLearning resource will be actively disseminated via two webinars, a targeted media launch and widespread email notifications. Evaluation will be conducted via an online component within the eLearning resource and follow up ‘phone interviews to assess the capacity of the resource to support those providing care to LGBTI people with dementia. A report on the findings of the project will be published on the DCRC and DBMAS websites.

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