Metro South Health Dementia Services Strategy

Closed 22 Nov 2015

Opened 2 Nov 2015

Feedback Updated 23 Feb 2016

We Asked

A wide variety of stakeholders - staff, consumers, external service providers - were asked for feedback on the draft Dementia Services Strategy for Metro South Health.

You Said

Overall, the feedback on the Strategy was very positive. However, there were two recurring themes for improvement:

  1. The current and proposed dementia services are overly focussed on nursing and medical officer-led and delivered service models, and not consistent with contemporary multidisciplinary team approaches.
  2. The Strategy should be expanded to include a more complete, person-centred approach to accessing dementia-related health services, including high level reference to services by external providers, pathways to related (but not dementia-specific) MSH services, and services for a range of support needs (low to high). This approach would increase visibility of service gaps and overlaps, clarify service pathways, and enable consumer choice in their care/support options.

We Did

We incorporated changes reflecting your feedback into the final Dementia Services Strategy, which was endorsed by the Metro South Health Executive Planning Committee in January 2016.


In 2013, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease became the second leading cause of death in Australia, outranking cerebrovascular diseases for the first time. By 2016, it is predicted that dementia will become the major cause of disability in Queensland. In recognition of this, and the increasing impact of quality of life and health resources, dementia was included as the ninth National Health Priority area in 2012.

The Metro South Health Dementia Services Strategy (the Strategy) builds upon the work undertaken by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services and Queensland Health in dementia services planning over recent years. We have reviewed and analysed leading research, evidence-based guidelines and service models for the provision of best-practice dementia care. We have listened to clinicians, service providers and patient, carer and family feedback—on what services are needed and how they should be provided—to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers and families.

The Strategy describes the overarching dementia services framework that should be provided by Metro South Health across the management stages of dementia and settings of care. The goal is to ensure the delivery of high quality and integrated health care services to people living with dementia and their carers and families in the Metro South Hospital and Health Service (HHS).

Metro South Health is now seeking feedback regarding the draft Strategy.

In providing feedback, Metro South Health recommends that you read the Metro South Health Dementia Services Strategy.

The Strategy is provided as a draft for consultation and does not represent Metro South Health policy at this time.  No commitment has been made to implement any of the recommended strategies.

Why We Are Consulting

Metro South Health is committed to delivering the best possible services within the catchment and values input from a range of stakeholders including consumers, carers, the community, GPs and other service providers.  The purpose of this engagement is to seek feedback on the draft Metro South Health Dementia Services Strategy to ensure that our health services meets the current and future needs of our population.


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