The “Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)” was released at the end of May 2012. The principal authors, Kim Burns, Ranmalie Jayasinha, Ruby Tsang and Henry Brodaty, were assisted by 55 other contributors. The project was funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing.

The Guide was prepared after an extensive review of the literature by an expert advisory committee including all states and DBMASs in Australia and broad consultation

The aim of the 178 page guide is to provide evidence-based guidance for DBMAS clinicians in their role of assisting residential aged care facility staff, community care staff and family members caring for persons living with dementia, who present with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). A comprehensive evidence and practice-based overview of BPSD management principles is provided with practical strategies and interventions for assisting care staff and family carers to manage behaviours in dementia.

The format is to have a half page summary of main points; a 2 page more detailed summary and then about 10 pages of details about the evidence sprinkled with real life case examples.

The empirical evidence contained in this Guide to Good Practice, in combination with clinical expertise may assist in achieving improved outcomes for those with dementia.

The complete guide can be accessed here

http://www.dementiaresearch.org.au/images/dcrc/output-files/328-2012_dbmas_bpsd_guidelines_guide.pdf