This Handbook is intended to be a practical and ready reference for NSW Health staff working in settings where they care for people with dementia and those who experience behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD). While people with dementia and BPSD will be cared for in many settings and may be transferred between settings, this Handbook specifically addresses Emergency Departments, inpatient units and community settings.
Given the wide variety of expertise, disciplines and roles of staff within NSW Health, it is not possible to capture the extent of specialist practice that may be applied by expert practitioners across these disciplines and settings.
Therefore, this Handbook may be used in a variety of ways within the framework of local policies and procedures. For less experienced staff it provides an overview of key concepts and practical resources that they may apply and discuss with their supervisors. More experienced staff may use it as a refresher or teaching resource, and multidisciplinary teams as a common reference point to assist in coordinated care.