NSW Health Resources

NSW DOH BPSD Handbook & Summary Handbook

Assessment and Management of Behaviours and Psychological Symptoms associated with Dementia (BPSD) – A Handbook for NSW Health Clinicians providing services for people experiencing BPSD is a NSW Ministry of Health publication recently updated in collaboration with CHeBA researchers. It updates the original 2013 version of the resource produced by the  NSW Ministry of Health and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

The Handbook reflects the most up-to-date research and strategies related to treatment and care approaches for BPSD (aka changed behaviours, responsive behaviours), outlines key concepts and provides practical resources and information on local policy and procedures for NSW Health staff providing services in emergency departments, inpatient units and community settings. The Summary Handbook is a quick reference document for NSW Health staff working in settings where they provide services for people who live with dementia and those who experience BPSD.