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Govt urges GPs to use dementia guidelines

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017

As New Zealand's population ages it's "incredibly important" to detect dementia in its early stages, the government says.

Doctors and practice nurses are being urged to use recently published guidelines to assess and diagnose the condition.

The guidelines, published by the University of Auckland, cover 17 topics and include a video by a geriatrician.

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says they'll help primary health care professionals by giving them confidence and consistency in diagnosing dementia.

"New Zealand's population is ageing and, sadly, that means rising levels of dementia," she said.

"Early detection is incredibly important - the sooner people get help and support the better."

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