General Practitioner Resources

bigstock-UK-GP-talking-to-senior-woman--31895921General Practitioners (GPs) and primary health care nurses are often the the first health professionals that a person will contact if they are concerned that they or a family member has symptoms of dementia. GPs are responsible for undertaking initial tests and assessments and investigating other potential causes for these symptoms.

Early detection of dementia can lead to better outcomes

Familiarise yourself with the new GP website by Alzheimer’s Australia: How to Detect Dementia Early

Connecting patients with services

Confirming a diagnosis of dementia with a patient and/or their family can be emotional and challenging. It is important to be aware of local services and resources available to guide and support them, such as those listed in this website (see key contacts below). You can also refer patients and their carers to use this website independently or visit our sister website: www.rethinkrespite.com.

Download the ReThink Respite printable directory with key contacts and local respite services for people living with dementia in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Other GP and Primary Health Care Nurse Resources

Key Contacts

  • National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
  • Illawarra and Shoalhaven Aged Care Assessment Team: 1300 792 755
  • Dementia Advisory Service:
    • Illawarra: 4296 6747
    • Shoalhaven: 4422 9583
  • Community Gateway (Case Management) 1300 657 473
  • Bulli Geriatric Outpatient Clinic: 4283 0626
  • Illawarra Geriatric Services contact: 4222 5837 or 4222 5847
  • Shoalhaven Specialist Geriatrician Clinic contact: 4421 3111