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SA Health Services Plan for People with Dementia (and Delirium) 2015-2018

Government of South Australia Country Resources Neurological disorders including dementia Mental Health Strategies and Plans South Australia 1 May 2015 Policy document dementia, mental health service, plan

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The SA Health Services Plan for People with Dementia (and Delirium) describes what consumers and carers want, how the health system will change to better align service provision with what consumers and carers want, and how to maximise the use of existing levers to drive change.

The plan makes clear the fundamentals of reform; that consumers’ and carers’ expectations
are understood and that the workforce needs to be developed, through clinical leadership,
education and training, to meet these expectations. There is no doubt that nothing will change
without first changing the level of awareness, skill and knowledge of the health workforce.
This is reflected in the PRIORITY RECOMMENDATIONS of the plan.

PRIORITY RECOMMENDATIONS are:
1. Each Local Health Network to hold an annual dementia awareness event, such as the
Central Adelaide Local Health Network’s Mindful of Dementia Day (Recommendation 2.1, p. 16).

2. SA Health to support the formation of a collaboration to examine the current and
future state of education and training. The future state will describe the reform
required to ensure graduates of clinical degrees and practicing clinicians have the skills,
knowledge and experience to undertake the clinical, communication and team based
competencies in the care of people with dementia (and delirium). Recommendation
2.2, p. 16).

3. SA Health with representation from the Local Health Networks, to develop a statewide
model of care for the Local Health Network based Memory Diagnostic Service
(Recommendation 3, p. 19).

4. Each Local Health Network will identify an Executive Sponsor who will be accountable for
the implementation of the TOP5 Tool 8 within the geographical catchment of their Local
Health Network (Recommendation 4.2, p. 22).

5. SA Health, with representation from the Local Health Networks to develop, endorse
and implement a Dementia Care Competent Clinical Pathway for use across SA Health’s
services (Recommendation 6.2, p. 27).

6. SA Health, with representation from the Local Health Networks, to develop, endorse and
implement a Dementia Care Competent Pathway at End of Life for use across SA Health’s
services (Recommendation 9, p. 35).

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