HammondCare to Establish Severe Behaviour Response Teams

Today the Government announced that through an open competitive grants process HammondCare have been selected to establish and operate national Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRTs), expanding support for aged care residents experiencing extreme and severe Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

SBRTs will be a mobile workforce of clinical experts who will provide timely and expert advice to residential aged care providers that request assistance with addressing the needs of people with the most severe BPSD.

SBRTs will operate from 7 am to 7 pm, commencing in most jurisdictions on Monday 2 November, with national coverage by 9 November 2015. Aged care providers requiring assistance from SBRTs will then be able to call the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) 24 hour helpline on 1800 699 799. The DBMAS in each state and territory will refer appropriate cases to the SBRTs, seven days a week, including public holidays.  If a call is made to the helpline after hours, the referral will be addressed by the SBRT consultant the next morning after 7 am.

Following the initial referral from DBMAS, the SBRTs will seek to make initial contact with the aged care provider within four hours. The SBRTs will then hold a case conference with the resident and aged care provider within 48 hours to assess the causes of the resident’s behaviour and advise care staff on how to resolve the immediate crisis. This case conference will be conducted either face-to-face or via tele-health where appropriate.

The SBRT will then work with the provider to develop immediate and longer term care plans for the resident, and provide follow up assistance as needed.

This service will be available to all Commonwealth funded residential aged care providers throughout Australia, including Flexible Funded Services, which include Multi-Purpose Services, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care, Transition Care, and Innovative Care Services.

More information on SBRTs can be found at www.dss.gov.au/dementia