Special Interest Groups – Changed behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia

Project Investigators Dr. Claire Burley, Prof. Henry Brodaty AO, Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka (University of Queensland)


Program Overview:

The Behaviours and Psychological Symptoms associated with Dementia (BPSD*) special interest group started in early 2019 and has over 100 members from diverse backgrounds including people living with dementia, family members, care providers, government workers, health professionals and researchers. In 2019 they held their first roundtable discussion at the Australian Dementia Forum in Hobart and met for the first workshop (with over 100 attendees) in Sydney.

The Anxiety and Depression in Dementia Research Network (ADDResearch) was formulated in collaboration with Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka at the University of Queensland in 2020.

Aims of interest group and research network:

  1. To foster research into prevention and management
  2. To encourage research implementation
  3. To encourage collaboration in research and implementation between people living with dementia, families and care partners, service providers, government and policy makers and researchers
  4. To provide a forum for discussion

Please email c.burley@unsw.edu.au to find out more information and if you are interested in joining.

* ‘Behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD)’ is used respectfully for communication between professionals, people living with dementia and families (see Cunningham et al. 2019, IJGP). For more information about preferences on terminology, please consult the Dementia Language Guidelines produced by Dementia Australia.

Future events:

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** Two Online Symposia : Call for Abstracts **

The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) has organised two online symposia to take place in November 2020. You can register and submit an abstract for FREE here. Please see details below and attached poster. You can register to attend both or just one of the two.

Cost: Free
Venue: Online

Previous events:

BPSD Workshop, Nov 2019, Sydney
BPSD Roundtable Discussion, June 2019, ADF 2019, Hobart