The Evolution of a Nurse Enhanced Dementia Care Service in General Practice - Caroline Gibson

The Evolution of a Nurse Enhanced Dementia Care Service in General Practice - Caroline Gibson
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Australian and international literature reveals that dementia care in General Practice is a significant service gap. In Australia, over 400,000 people live with dementia and 70% of these people live in the community, 50% those people are undiagnosed. People living with dementia have poorer health outcomes compared with people without dementia.

General practice nurses are employed in two thirds of Australian general practices and are an underutilised workforce that is well placed to prompt identification and provide support to people affected by dementia. However there is no clearly defined nurse role for assessing cognition and providing dementia care or how the nurse can work in collaboration with the general practitioner.

Supported by the APNA’s Enhanced-Nurse Clinic grant through the Healthy Practice Nursing Demonstration Projects 2015-2018, Ballarat Community Health developed a new nurse enhanced model of dementia care.

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