Young Onset Dementia (onset before age 65) affects more than 25,000 Australians, making up almost 10 per cent of all dementia diagnoses. People experiencing Young Onset Dementia, as well as their families and carers, experience several barriers to receiving the care they need. These can include significant diagnostic delays, navigating multiple different medical specialties, using support services designed for the elderly, and living with unmet practical, psychological and financial support needs.
The Melbourne Young Onset Dementia service at Melbourne Health is one of the few services nationally that can provide tailored, flexible and expert services to those affected by this condition.
Particularly for patients in rural and regional Victoria, travelling to Melbourne to visit this service can be difficult due to the distance, cost, the need to travel with a support person, and the need for time off work.
This project aims to deliver specialist multidisciplinary services for Young Onset Dementia across Victoria, using telehealth.
This project will offer timely access to specialist care, reduce the personal and economic costs experienced by those requiring care in rural and regional areas and build expertise in Young Onset Dementia across the project's Victorian partner services.
Cognitive Dementia Assessment and Memory Services at:
- Goulburn Valley Health - Shepparton
- Ballarat Health Services
- Albury Wodonga Health