A collaborative model of care across service sectors for those with Young Onset Dementia

Bridging the gap between Diagnosis and Community Young Onset Dementia is the onset of dementia under the age of 65 years. Current prevalence data suggests that some 24000 people nationally are affected by Young Onset Dementia. In Victoria, access to services for those with dementia under the age of 65 is challenging as consumers and referrers attempt to navigate the complexity of aged and disability protocols and legislations that poorly …

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MENTAL HEALTH FRAMEWORK HIGHLIGHTS ROLE OF PHARMACISTS

NEWS RELEASE The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia – in partnership with mental health consumers, carers and care coordinators, mental health policy and practice experts and health professionals – has released a mental health framework which highlights and promotes the expertise of pharmacists and the roles they undertake as partners in mental health care. National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the framework was intended to be used to articulate …

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Mental Health and the Australian Population

In the E‐Mental Health Strategy for Australia, released by the Federal Government in 2012, the following statistics were provided; “Approximately 17.2 per cent or 3.8 million Australians are estimated to be affected by mental illness in any one year – meaning that they experience symptoms at diagnostic levels, for either brief or extended periods.  This estimate excludes dementia and alcohol/drug-related disorders, except where these are concurrent with a mental disorder. …

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Lewy body dementia

Dr James Galvin Source: New Your Times Most people have not heard of Lewy body dementia, even many health care professionals remain unfamiliar with the disorder. Yet, “this is not an uncommon disease,” said Dr. James Galvin, a neurologist at NYU Langone Medical Center who has published extensively on the subject. He and other researchers helped the Lewy Body Dementia Association extrapolate from epidemiological surveys and come up with an …

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