An innovative Australia-first dementia care online resource developed by GPTT for GPs was launched in Hobart on 19 March by Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM MP (pictured above with GPTT CEO Allyson Warrington).
The Dementia Care Training and Education Program DCTEP aims to deliver tailored, quality training and education in dementia care to health professionals working in primary health care settings across Australia.
GPTT CEO Allyson Warrington said the development of DCTEP in Tasmania was extremely important for dementia care.
“We know that improving the awareness, management and care of people with dementia in primary care is a challenge,” Ms Warrington said.
“What we wanted to do at GPTT is provide a module resource that could help train our GPs to treat people living with dementia, with a special emphasis on the Aboriginal community, with whom we have a special relationship at GPTT.
“We believe GPs are well placed to assess, diagnose and manage patients with dementia in the primary care setting – however, further training and education is needed on knowledge of and attitudes to dementia.”
Minister Wyatt said Dementia Australia estimates 250 people are joining the population with dementia each day.
“That number will increase to 318 people per day by 2025 and more than 650 people by 2056,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Dementia is recognised as the second leading cause of death of Australians contributing to 5.4% of all deaths in males and 10.6% of all deaths in females each year.
“Therefore, understanding dementia and, more importantly, giving our primary health professionals support and educational opportunities in General Practice is critical.”
DCTEP was developed by GPTT in collaboration with the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre at the University of Tasmania.
The interactive online module resource – Recognising, Diagnosing and Managing Dementia in General Practice has four component modules:
To access and download the Project Summary click here
To access and download the comprehensive Project Report, click here.
To access Minister Wyatt’s DCTEP media release click here.