Call for GPs to lift diagnostic skills for dementia battle

GPs need training to diagnose dementia as a priority measure to improve quality of life for patients and contain spiralling costs, Alzheimer’s Australia says.

The peak body for dementia patients and carers says as many as two-thirds of Australians with dementia live and die without receiving a diagnosis, partly because GPs don’t have sufficient skills.

“Many GPs (as well as nurses and allied health professionals) have difficulty differentiating normal ageing from early stages of dementia, and lack specific knowledge about dementia assessment, management or