Federal Government rolls out Specialist Dementia Care Program

The Australian Government has recently commenced the roll out of its Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP). The program will operate as the ‘third tier’ of Federal Government-funded support for people exhibiting very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), who are unable to be appropriately cared for by mainstream aged care services.

08 Jan 2019


The SDCP will offer specialised transitional residential support, focused on reducing or stabilising symptoms over time, with the aim of enabling people to move to less intensive care settings.

Service delivery principles and the SDCP framework document - which provides an overview of the SDCP model of care, administrative elements, and roles and responsibilities - can now be accessed via the Department of Health website here

During 2019, a prototype service will test the SDCP model and work with the Department of Health to refine elements of the model needed to best meet the needs of the target group.

In early 2019, following establishment of the prototype service, the Department will advertise grant opportunities for 14 specialist dementia care units, with the first units to become operational in 2020. At full roll out in 2022-23, it is expected there will be at least one specialist dementia care unit (within a broader residential aged care service) operating in each of the 31 Primary Health Networks.