Melbourne Young Onset Dementia Service (MYOD) and Dementia Australia Collaboration:
Over the past 5 years, The Neuropsychiatry Unit has developed a specialised service, Melbourne Young Onset Dementia Service (MYOD). MYOD provides assessment, treatment and ongoing follow-up for people with dementia who are under 65 years of age and their families.
As part of MYOD, we have established a close collaboration with Dementia Australia Victoria (DAV), who offer a Young Onset Dementia Key Worker Program for clients with YOD. The DAV and RMH collaboration advocates for the promotion of early diagnosis, increased community awareness and a reduction of stigma. The collaboration enables a smooth referral pathway between services. Early diagnosis has a wide range of benefits, including access to medical treatments, services, education and the ability to plan for the future while people still have capacity. Referrals can be made to MYOD through the Neuropsychiatry Unit’s website. See the Referrers tab for more details.
The Quality Dementia Care document, Younger Onset Dementia: A Practical Guide can be downloaded here.