SDCP: Access, Eligibility and Expectations

The Australian Government recently commenced implementation of the Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) services across the country. SDCP services support people with severe and enduring behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia to receive specialist care to optimise their quality of life.

The role of Dementia Support Australia (DSA) is to undertake a Needs Based Assessment (NBA) to determine whether a person is eligible to be accommodated in an SDCP.

Associate Professor Colm Cunningham facilitates a discussion with panellists Professor Stephen Macfarlane, Psycho-geriatrician, and Anne Vickers, Director of the Specialist Dementia Care Program at the Department of Health that provides a comprehensive overview of the SDCP and includes:

  • Overview
  • What is the SDCP
  • DSA’s role in the SDCP
  • Understanding eligibility for SDCP
  • How to access SDCP (referral process)
  • the importance of consent in the assessment process
  • understanding the security of tenure implications
  • Benefits for the client
  • Case studies, discussions and Q&A