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Supporting nurses in the timely diagnosis of dementia


The Supporting GPs and Practice Nurses in the Timely Diagnosis of Dementia Project is funded by the Australian Government. It is delivered in partnership by Alzheimer’s Australia, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association, Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, Dementia Training Study Centres, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute.

Project Deliverables

The project aims to provide training to primary health care nurses across Australia on the timely diagnosis of dementia. In conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, APNA will deliver four one-hour e-learning modules and 18 face-to-face workshops and with a focus on building knowledge to support early identification of dementia.

Online Learning

Four Steps to Building Dementia Practice in Primary Care

The building dementia practice series is designed to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence in dementia practice and provide you with tools and resources to work collaboratively in supporting a timely diagnosis of dementia in primary care. The online learning modules encourage you to lead practice change by following newly developed dementia practice guidelines that promote an evidence-based approach to dementia detection, diagnosis and support in a primary care setting. The Four Steps to Building Dementia Practice in Primary Care series comprise four one-hour online learning modules, including:

  • Step 1 Building dementia knowledge
  • Step 2 Building a process towards dementia diagnosis
  • Step 3 Building an approach to dementia support
  • Step 4 Building sustainable dementia support

The building dementia practice online learning series can be accessed free of charge via the APNA Online Learning store


Timely Diagnosis of Dementia in Primary Health Care workshops

With the high prevalence and increasing rates of dementia in Australia there is a need to develop greater capacity within primary care to support early identification and timely diagnosis. By utilising the skills and resources of general practice nurses, a dementia practice model can increase the capacity and quality of dementia practice standards, and promote greater opportunity for detection,
diagnosis and support of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

This session will:

  • Build dementia knowledge
  • Build an approach to dementia diagnosis
  • Build an approach to dementia support
  • Build sustainable dementia practice

The three hour Timely Diagnosis of Dementia workshop will be held across Australia over 2016. Below are dates for the current workshop schedule. Please note that the Timely Diagnosis of Dementia workshops may be held as a stand alone event or in conjunction with another educational event. There are no fees attached to the attendance of the Timely Diagnosis of Dementia workshops, excluding the pre-conference workshop that is being held at the 2016 APNA National Conference in Melbourne on Thursday 5 May 2016. A maximum of 50 registrations will be accepted per workshop. It is advised that you send in your registration form to APNA as soon as possible to secure your registration. There will be catering at all educational events. 

Workshops and dates

Thursday 19 May - Terrigal NSW - FULLY BOOKED
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Friday 10 June - Darwin NT 
5:30pm – 9:30pm
Blue 2 Seminar Rooms, CDU Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University
Online registration or download registration form

Friday 24 June - Adelaide SA
8:30am - 1:00pm
@313, 313 Payneham Road, Royston Park SA 5070
Online registration or download registration form




For more information or for any queries on this project please contact Murphy Woods, APNA Professional Development Coordinator, by emailing murphy.woods@apna.asn.au or calling 1300 303 184.

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