A new model of dementia care led by Western Sydney University is set to revolutionise diagnosis, treatment, and care for people with a decline in their memory and thinking. The 360-degree care model – designed for the proposed South-Western Sydney Memory Clinic – focuses on rapid diagnosis of cognitive impairment, supporting people to stay at home for longer, and keeping them out of hospitals and doctors’ waiting rooms.
Co-created with the community, policy makers, GPs, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Primary Health Network, the model of care is designed to efficiently connect people with a diagnosis of dementia with treatments, and support that can change lives. According to a lead researcher on the project Dr Genevieve Steiner, an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow based at NICM Health Research Institute and member of the Translational Health Research Institute, the new model provides a major shift in treating patients on the ‘memory illness journey.’
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