New online training is available for health professionals and care workers to improve their understanding of younger onset dementia.

The free course delivered by Dementia Australia aims to boost awareness of the specific needs of this cohort, the impact on their lives and supports available to individuals and their carers.

The training module for health staff and support workers has been funded by NSW Family and Community Services.

An estimated 26,443 Australians are currently living with younger onset dementia and this figure is predicted to increase to more than 42,000 by 2056.

Complementing the training course is a guide to referral and service options for people with younger onset dementia across areas such as health, social, community, legal services and resources.

“The new resources are designed to assist professionals and family members by providing an improved understanding of the options available for people with younger onset dementia,” acting general manager services Dementia Australia Barbra Williams said.

“Where families and carers have a better understanding of younger onset dementia, the quality of life for them and the person with the diagnosis can be improved.”

Access the online training module, Understanding Younger Onset Dementia, from the Centre for Dementia Learning here.

Download Support Pathways for people with younger onset dementia: Referral and Service Options here.

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