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A team of researchers have worked with industry and consumer partners to develop the ‘Policy Guidelines Document’ and a range of other resources to assist in supported decision-making in the context of dementia. This project has been undertaken by a multidisciplinary group of investigators, including consumer representatives, clinicians and researchers with backgrounds in psychology, medicine, law and aged care. They have worked closely with advisory groups across Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia, to better understand the issues relating to supported decision-making for people living with dementia.

Part of the research has investigated the policies and procedures of aged care providers. How well do they enable care recipients to maintain involvement in decision-making, particularly when there is a diagnosis of dementia?

This is relevant in areas like lifestyle activities, advance care planning and consumer directed care. Based on this research, they have developed an evidence-based, practically-focused policy guidelines document.

The document includes a self-assessment audit tool, interactive case study for staff discussion, and a number of guiding principles for policy development.

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