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Dementia Support Australia

Dementia Support Australia (DSA) is a free nationwide support service for people living with dementia and their carers.

Accredited consultants provide advice and recommendations to people who care for someone with dementia whose behaviours are a risk to themselves or others. Dementia Support Australia offers support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout Australia.

Vision and mission

Dementia Support Australia aims to:

  • improve the quality of life and care for people with dementia and their carers;
  • up-skill, assist and support aged care providers in improving care for people with dementia and related behaviours; and
  • ensure care services for people with dementia are responsive to their individual and diverse needs and circumstances.

How Dementia Support Australia can help

Dementia Support Australia delivers support that is tailored to the needs of people living with dementia. Each support service can be accessed independently. DSA identifies the optimal service level for each client via a team of health professionals with extensive experience of supporting people living with dementia.

  • Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service
  • Severe Behaviour Response Teams
  • Assessing for Eligibility for the Specialist Dementia Care Program
  • Staying at Home
  • Childhood Dementia Support
  • GP Advice Service

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Last reviewed: October 2023

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A Guide for Family Carers, Dealing with Behaviours in People with Dementia

This guide is for family carers providing care for a person with dementia. It includes practical information about how to support a person experiencing BPSD.

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Providing Personalised Care for a Person Living with Dementia

Personal Care routines such as showering or using the toilet are private personal activities. When a person with dementia requires assistance with these activities this can be daunting and may lead to changes in behaviour.

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Engaging with Faith for People Living with Dementia during COVID-19

The ability for people to physically come together and share in their religious beliefs has been restricted. Faith related activities can help those living with dementia to promote a sense of belonging and support their spiritual life.

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Help for Families of a Person in Care During a Pandemic

Being restricted from visiting a loved one due to COVID-19 can be a stressful and isolating experience for everyone, which is why DSA has put together a resource and helpsheet that provide tips on how to stay connected with a loved one who has dementia.

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What You Can Do to Stay Connected During a Pandemic

As we continue to be restricted from visiting family members with dementia in aged care or in hospital it is important that we find ways to stay connected.

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Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Stress for LGBTI People with Dementia

This helpsheet provides information and tips for care staff to better understand the life events the LGBTIQ+ person with dementia may have experienced, and enable tailored care and support.

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Assessing Eligibility for the Specialist Dementia Care Program

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Understanding behaviour changes | Dementia Support Australia

Understanding why behaviours change in a person with dementia is the first step to responding well. Learn common changes and how to uncover the causes.

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Dementia support for health professionals | Dementia Support Australia

If your client living with dementia is experiencing behaviours that impact their care, our expert consultants can help you. Find out how.

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Locations we visit Australia-wide | Dementia Support Australia

Where you live shouldn't limit your access to dementia support. We offer help across the country including regional and rural areas. Find out more here.

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