Carer and family support during the detection stage should include the following:

  • Access to appropriate information and advice including carer support information and related services
  • Acknowledgement and recognition of the partner / family / carer perspective for informing appropriate referral [1]
  • Access to information and advice on Advance Care Planning

To raise awareness and promote the benefits of early diagnosis, GP's and Practice nurses should:

  • Provide a copy of Grey Matters: A guide to living well with memory loss and dementia in the Grampians region. The guide is available for download under Community Resources.
  • Highlight information on Alzheimer's Australia Vic services, specialist diagnostic services, carer support and home and community care services located in the guide.
  • Undertake an informant interview where dementia is suspected to inform assessment and appropriate referral.
  • Assess carer needs.
  • Provide information on Advance Care Planning and Respecting Patient Choices which can be found in the Diagnosis pathway under immediate interventions.
  • The Department of Health also provide information and resources on Advance Care Planning. Go to

KPMG Dementia services pathways - an essential guide to effective service planning 2011 pg. 13