Call for dementia MBS item to see carers

The call for a new MBS item comes after a federal government report into intervention and early diagnosis of dementia, published last week, recommended a comprehensive review of existing MBS items for identifying and managing the condition.

Dimity Pond, a professor of general practice at the University of Newcastle, and the RACGP’s spokesperson on dementia, said GPs needed to make better use of existing MBS items to manage dementia but an item for consultations with carers was warranted.

“You can have the carer along in the 75