Copyright: Australian Journal of Dementia Care (www.journalofdementiacare.com) Vol 5 No 5 October/November 2016. Reprinted with the permission of Hawker Publications Australia Pty Ltd.

This culturally-appropriate resource is freely available for professionals and health workers supporting people with dementia in Aboriginal communities in remote areas of Australia.

The set of 11 posters is designed to aid communication around dementia and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

The posters include information and strategies to assist with reducing the problems associated with aggression, agitation, anxiety, apathy, calling out, delusions and hallucinations, depression, resistance to care, sleep problems, socially inappropriate behaviours and wandering.

They were developed by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre-Assessment and Better Care (DCRC-ABC), in collaboration with the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, Northern Territory, and other clinicians from Dementia Australia, Aged Care Assessment Teams and the acute sector working in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley

The posters are based on the principles outlined in the document Behaviour Management – A Guide To Good Practice: Managing Behavioural And Psychological Symptoms Of Dementia (BPSD)*  produced in 2012 by the DCRC-ABC to support those caring for people living with dementia with BPSD. This guide includes additional considerations for managing BPSD when working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with dementia.

The poster project was prompted by clinicians visiting Aboriginal communities in remote areas who wanted a resource that supported their use of the DBMAS BPSD videos (available at http://dbmas.org.au/resources/videos/), and which could be left in the community after the visit. The video project included an Indigenous consultancy group to ensure the content was culturally appropriate and acceptable.

The BPSD posters are available in hard copy, A3 colour format by request (email k.burns@unsw.edu.au), or as PDFs which can be downloaded from the resource page on the DCRCs’ DementiaKT Hub website at http://dementiakt.com.au/resource/bpsdposters-aboriginal/

The posters were specifically developed to support Aboriginal communities living in remote areas of Australia. Health professionals are advised to use their clinical judgement in determining whether the resource is appropriate for use with people from Aboriginal communities living outside remote areas.


*Available from www.dementiakt.com.au

Image credit: excerpt from  www.dementiaresearch.org.au/images/BPSD/AGGRESSION_ATSI.pdf