Dementia

The Assessment of Older People with dementia and depression of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds: A review of current practice and the development of guidelines for Victorian Aged Care Assessment Services.

The Assessment of Older People with dementia and depression of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds: A review of current practice and the development of guidelines for Victorian Aged Care Assessment Services sought to improve assessment practice of Aged Care Assessment Services (ACAS) for CALD clients in relation to dementia and depression. A range of tip sheets were developed to guide ACAS clinicians in their day to day practice.

Tip sheets are available below.

Tip Sheet 1 - Assessing CALD Clients

Tip Sheet 2 - Working with interpreters

Tip Sheet 3 - Cognitive assessment and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (background

Tip Sheet 4 - The Clock Drawing Test (CDT)

Tip Sheet 5 - The IQCODE (Short form)

Tip Sheet 6 - The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) -15

For further information about the tip sheets and the project, contact Betty Haralambous (03) 8387 2331 or Freda Vrantsidis (03) 8387 2596.


Improving dementia detection rates in older Asian communities - An education program to improve referral to Memory Services for older people of Asian background living in Melbourne.

People of diverse cultural backgrounds often present late for diagnosis of dementia resulting in unmet needs for the patients and their families. NARI developed a community-based education program to improve early dementia detection rates of older Chinese and Vietnamese speaking people living in Melbourne. As part of the education program, two resource packs were developed, one for GPs and health professionals and the other for the community. These packs were based on findings from a literature review and community consultations.

What is dementia? - Alzheimer’s Australia information sheet

English What is dementia

Chinese What is dementia

Vietnamese  What is dementia

Worried about your memory? - Alzheimer’s Australia brochure

English  Worried about memory


Indigenous Cognitive Assessment: KICA Assessment Tool Victoria, Phase 1.

The original KICA is an instrument to assess dementia in older aborigines in remote settings. The modified tool (KICA Regional Urban) is available here for download and was developed for Urban and Regional Victorian settings, although it should also be appropriate for use in Urban and Regional settings Australia-wide. Also available for download here are updated pictures to accompany the modified tool.  

KICA Regional urban (cognitive section) -  KICA urban cognitive

KICA Reg Urban Pictures updated - Urban pictures

KICA Reg Urban Alt guitar picture - Urban guitar

For more information, please contact Steve Savvas (phone: 03 8387 2465).