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Diagnosing Dementia in General Practice – A Stepwise Approach

Duration of the course: 60mins
Track: Clinical

About The Course


Assisting health professionals with their interactions with patients living with dementia, and their families and carers.
Duration: 60mins
Accreditation: Allocated 2 RACGP points Activity 223408

Dementia is a common presentation in general practice. It is the leading cause of death in women in Australia and second leading cause of death overall.

This webinar, the second in a series of webinars on dementia, has been designed to provide GPs and  nurses a stepwise approach to the assessment and diagnosis of dementia in general practice. The webinar will include an interactive discussion with panelists demonstrating a person centred approach to assessing people presenting with dementia. 

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the panel.

CPD Points

  • Allocated 2 RACGP points Activity 223408

What you will learn

  • Outline a patient centred approach to taking a history from a person with possible dementia.
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to ordering investigations for a person with possible dementia.
  • Describe the role of cognitive screening tests as part of the assessment of a person with possible dementia.

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Course Instructor

Dr Hilton Koppe
Dr Hilton Koppe Lead Educator, Dementia Training Australia

Dr Hilton Koppe is a general practitioner/family physician in Lennox Head and has been a country doctor since 1988. Hilton has combined medical practice with teaching medical students, doctors-in-training and experienced clinicians.

Dr Marita Long
Dr Marita Long Educator, Dementia Training Australia

Dr Marita Long graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2007 with first class honours. She became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2013 and has a Diploma of Child Health and a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has been an active college member since that time. Over the past 8 years Marita has worked in a diverse range of general practice settings. She has also been a medical educator for General Practice Training Tasmania, Eastern Victorian General Practice Training, the University of Tasmania/Wicking Dementia Education and Research Centre and Dementia Training Australia (DTA). Marita is part of the GP Clinical Education group for DTA who have been developing innovative education workshops, both face to face and online, to increase GPs capacity and confidence to recognise, diagnose and manage people living with dementia. These workshops have been delivered around the country and an evaluation of them to date has been recently published in the BMJ open.

Dr Stephanie Daly
Dr Stephanie Daly Educator, Dementia Training Australia

Dr Stephanie Daly is a specialist GP in Dementia. She is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She has completed post graduate training in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford in the UK. Throughout her career she has worked in the aged care setting as well as acute hospital units. She has worked alongside a variety of professionals including geriatricians, psycho-geriatricians and other GP’s and nurse colleagues. In the UK she ran a GP led memory assessment service, providing early diagnosis for patients with cognitive impairment. More recently since moving to Australia she has become an advocate for patients living with Dementia and has facilitated the practice she works at becoming one of the first dementia friendly (Dementia Australia approved) GP surgery’s in Australia. She also works as an educator with Dementia Training Australia and is passionate about education in leading to improved outcomes for patients and their families.