NZ Framework for Dementia Care


General Practitioners
Category: Workforce - Primary Care
Updated on: 11-Jun-2016

Title: Elearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs & Practice Nurses


Press release from Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner:

Description: An eLearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs and Practice Nurses across New Zealand has recently been published on the University of Auckland’s Goodfellow Unit website.

It is designed to build primary care confidence, competence, and consistency in assessing, diagnosing, and managing mild cognitive impairment and typical dementia.

The Northern Regional Alliance led the development of the resource on behalf of the four Health Regional Alliances and in partnership with the Goodfellow Unit. The Goodfellow Unit is an accredited continuing medical education/professional development provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

The resource, which can be accessed at no cost to health professionals, is a result of a national collaboration between primary, secondary and tertiary care providers. It is heavily informed by the Waitemata DHB pilot of GPs and practice nurses assessing, diagnosing and managing mild cognitive impairment and typical dementia. You can read more about that pilot in the Waitemata DHB Primary Health Care Cognitive Impairment Pathway Pilot: Final evaluation.

Each topic in the resource has a short video presented by a geriatrician or psychiatrist of older people, with the key points, printable resources and relevant electronic links noted below each video.

Topics covered include:

  • why diagnose in primary care
  • cultural considerations
  • what dementia is and what types there are
  • what mild cognitive impairment is
  • diagnostic work up
  • diagnostic discussion   
  • when to refer to a specialist  
  • dementia care plan 
  • living well with dementia 
  • risk reduction 
  • legal implications 
  • hints from GPs in Pilot
  • viewpoints of people with dementia.


Target Audience: Primary health care workers, GPs, practice nurses, nurse practitioners

Pricing: Free



Online contact form:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 20 Jun 2017, 4:23 PM

Title: HOPE - Health of Older People E-resource (Mental Health Services for Older People)



This resource is specifically designed for qualified clinicians working in both community and in-patient settings. Nonetheless, service users and their carers, family and whanau are also welcome to use this site. It identifies both the specific skills (competencies) necessary to work in this expanding clinical area. It also offers an e-learning platform that allows access to peer assessed information that delivers the knowledge required to fulfil each competency.

Target Audience: Clinicians

Appropriate Audience: Clinicians, older people, carers, family/whānau of older people


Lisa Melissa -

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 28 Jul 2017, 4:00 PM

Title: Dementia Training Australia


Description: DTA is a service established to provide dementia-specific training to aged care, health care professionals, undergraduate trainees, and a range of other professionals and community service providers.

Our goal is to improve the care and wellbeing of people with dementia.

We will achieve this goal through a range of services, events, and resources to ensure that up-to-date dementia knowledge and skills training are within reach of anyone who has a professional contact point with people who have dementia.



Online contact form:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 20 Oct 2017, 12:39 PM