By Kim Burns, Knowledge Translation Fellow, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC)
In 2011 the Australian Government funded the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) to develop the evidence- and practice-based document Behaviour Management, A Guide to Good Practice, Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD Guide)* (pictured) and associated resources including:
- A Clinician’s Field Guide to Good Practice
- A Guide for Family Carers
- The BPSD Guide app for clinicians
- The Care4Dementia app for family and frontline carers (both apps currently have limited functionality due to operating system updates).
The Australian Government Department of Health is now funding the DCRC to update these resources, to be completed by December 2022. This project extends beyond the closure of DCRC at the end of the year, under the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA, which also sits within UNSW).
Consultation now open
The DCRC is seeking consultation with care partners, clinicians, hands-on care staff and service providers across Australia, particularly those who have used the current BPSD resources. Your input will help ensure the updated resources meet the needs of the targeted audiences.
If you are willing to participate in a short phone or Zoom interview, or you prefer to email your comments, please contact me at DCRC (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday 15 November. You can also email me to request hard copies (remaining stocks of some versions are limited).
To access the BPSD guides, go to https://dementiaresearch.org.au/resources/bpsdguide/
Cunningham C, Macfarlane S, Brodaty H (2019) Language Paradigms When Behaviour Changes With Dementia: #BanBPSD. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 34(8) 1109-1113. doi: 10.1002/gps.5122.
Dementia Australia (2021) Dementia Language Guidelines. Available at: https://bit.ly/DA-dementia-language-guidelines
*The term ‘behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)’ is used respectfully. Dementia terminology has changed since the BPSD Guide was published and this will be reflected in the updated versions. For more on this, see the article by Cunningham et al (2019) Language Paradigms When Behaviour Changes With Dementia: #BanBPSD, in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and for more information on terminology, consult the Dementia Australia Dementia Language Guidelines (2021).