New trial program in Perth to provide dedicated support for people with dementia

Thursday 20 June 2019

A new program to assist people living with dementia access vital support services and information is being trialled in Perth – one of just two dementia-specific trial sites in Australia. The Dementia Care Navigator Trial, delivered by Dementia Australia, aims to provide tailored information to identify and connect clients with appropriate support and services.

The Dementia Care Navigator Trial is part of the Aged Care Navigators Trial led by COTA Australia and funded by the Federal Government.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said people living with dementia, their families and carers report that accessing support services early improves their understanding of dementia, their relationships and planning for the future.

“When people get a diagnosis of dementia, it can be very confronting, but we know accessing support and services as early as possible can make an enormous and life-changing difference.

“However, navigating through the dementia and aged care services available by themselves can be confusing and difficult.

“As well, everyone’s needs are different.

“Having a dedicated support person who can provide tailored information and help navigate what can be a very complex system to get to the right services, is so important.”

The trial includes a support person, an Information Hub and regular seminars, all open to people living with dementia, their families and carers in the Greater Perth region plus telephone support to those living in regional areas of the state.

The Dementia Care Navigator Trial is based at the Dementia Australia Perth office, which has relocated to Shop 32/118 Royal Street, East Perth.

To make an appointment with the Dementia Care Navigator, or to find out about the Information Hub, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or go to dementia.org.au/support/services-and-programs/dementia-care-navigator

You can also find out about upcoming seminars here dementia.org.au/events/wa

The Aged Care Navigators Trial is testing different types of services and activities to help people learn more about Government-supported aged care programs, and how to access them. COTA Australia is leading a consortium of 30 organisations, including Dementia Australia, to pilot and evaluate 62 different Navigator activities across the country.

In addition to the Dementia Care Navigator Trial, Dementia Australia offers a range of support services to people living in metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.

These services include: the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker program; community information and education; support and information for people living with dementia, their family and carers; the Dementia Friends program, and the Centre for Dementia Learning that provides a range of courses and professional development programs for professionals working with and supporting people living with dementia.

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Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 447,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500                                                                                                                

Interpreter service available                                                                                                                                               

(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)                                                                                                       

Dementia is a National Health Priority Area                                                                                

www.dementia.org.au

Media contacts: Stephanie Watkins - Media and Communications Advisor - 0423 936 371 - Stephanie.Watkins@dementia.org.au

When talking or writing about dementia please refer to Dementia-Friendly Language Guidelines.