Updated dementia directory for Moreton Bay
A directory of aged and dementia services in the Moreton Bay region has been updated and reprinted as part of a wider project aimed at improving quality of care for people living with dementia, their families and carers in Brisbane North.
Compiled in collaboration with the Moreton Bay Dementia Alliance, the directory will support better service navigation and was identified as a priority for the first year of the Integrated Model of Dementia Care in Brisbane North 2018-22 program.
This four-year dementia program is implementing an integrated model comprised of six themes, each of which addresses factors considered to be key influencers on quality of dementia care. The themes are:
- System integration
- High quality of dementia care in the acute setting
- Enhance dementia quality care in primary care
- Best dementia practices in community
- Public awareness and carer support
- Service navigation
Among the program’s activities, a regional dementia strategy is under development to address system integration.
Led by Professor Elizabeth Beattie, Director of the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration at QUT, a Dementia Expert Advisory Group has been established to work on the strategy.
The program is partnering with Dementia Training Australia (DTA) to improve dementia care in the acute setting via provision of training for Redcliffe hospital , while in primary care, a series of educational and training workshops and events is lined up for GPs.
DTA is also offering tailored training packages to residential aged care providers to address dementia care in the community.
A recent carers survey, followed by a well-attended Caring for the Carers workshop in early April, has helped to gain a better understanding of the needs of carers of people living with dementia and the gaps in support services.
Meanwhile, service navigation is being further supported through an online dementia pathway for primary health care professionals to enhance their access to information about dementia.
More activities are planned over the life of the program. For further information, contact Mai Eames, the Development Lead in the PHN’s Care Coordination team on 07 3630 7349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.