A specialised dementia care program in Bendigo, which will benefit Heathcote residents, will be launched today.August 13, 2014 3:19am
A new GP-led dementia program will be launched in Bendigo tomorrow.
The St Anthony Memory Service is an integrated community-based memory service, which facilitates early referral to specialist providers and subsequent dementia management in several regional towns, including Heathcote.
The program aims to improve the knowledge of local general practitioners through continual training on detection and treatment of dementia and will be the basis of research into rural and regional dementia prevalence and GP management.
Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local chief executive Matt Jones said LMMML was partnering with the SAMS program and they were looking forward to seeing how it would benefit the region.
‘‘We hope the program will identify benefits that will apply across our region and the primary care system to improve dementia screening and care,’’ Mr Jones said.
Project lead and GP, Associate Professor Ewa Piejko said geriatrician Professor Peter Disler and aged care psychiatrist Dr Holly Anderson would work together with GPs and provide specialist diagnostic support for the program.
‘‘Providing a GP hub for dementia care, will arguably improve the integrated care of people with dementia and increase options to stay living within the community,’’ Prof. Piejko said.
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