Services Overview

What does Dementia Support Australia do?

Dementia Support Australia (DSA) is the gateway for Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) and Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT). It is one national service. This means the right team member(s) will respond at the right time to the local need and ensures consistency in service delivery.

Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS)

DBMAS supports staff and carers in community, residential, acute and primary care settings with information, advice, assessment and short term case management interventions.

Services include:

  • Assessment of the person with dementia and their carer/ support network;
  • Clinical support, information and advice
  • Care planning, case conferences, referrals and short term case management;
  • Mentoring for care providers and clinical supervision;
  • Capacity and knowledge building for care providers;
  • Help to link to current research, literature and evidence based practice guidelines;
  • Translation and interpreting services for clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  • Behaviour consultants with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD portfolios;
  • Advice and support that is relevant to other special needs groups (eg. Younger / Working Age Dementia, learning disability and dementia)
  • Referrals to the SBRT (Severe Behaviour Response Teams).

Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT)

The SBRT are a mobile workforce available to provide timely expertise and advice to Commonwealth funded approved Residential Aged Care Facilities, Multi-Purpose Services, or Flexibly Funded Services requiring assistance.

They include nurse practitioners, nurses, allied health and specialist staff and address the needs of people with severe and very severe Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).