Dementia education resource for primary care

News article

29 June 2017

An eLearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs and Practice Nurses across New Zealand has recently been published on the University of Auckland’s Goodfellow Unit website.

It is designed to build primary care confidence, competence, and consistency in assessing, diagnosing, and managing mild cognitive impairment and typical dementia.

The Northern Regional Alliance led the development of the resource on behalf of the four Health Regional Alliances and in partnership with the Goodfellow Unit. The Goodfellow Unit is an accredited continuing medical education/professional development provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

The resource, which can be accessed at no cost to health professionals, is a result of a national collaboration between primary, secondary and tertiary care providers. It is heavily informed by the Waitemata DHB pilot of GPs and practice nurses assessing, diagnosing and managing mild cognitive impairment and typical dementia. You can read more about that pilot in the Waitemata DHB Primary Health Care Cognitive Impairment Pathway Pilot: Final evaluation.

Each topic in the resource has a short video presented by a geriatrician or psychiatrist of older people, with the key points, printable resources and relevant electronic links noted below each video.

Topics covered include:

  • why diagnose in primary care
  • cultural considerations
  • what dementia is and what types there are
  • what mild cognitive impairment is
  • diagnostic work up
  • diagnostic discussion   
  • when to refer to a specialist  
  • dementia care plan 
  • living well with dementia 
  • risk reduction 
  • legal implications 
  • hints from GPs in Pilot
  • viewpoints of people with dementia.
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