There are a range of services with whom carers can discuss changes in their loved one’s behaviour and how they are coping.

To discuss changes in your loved one’s behaviour and how you are coping, contact the following organisations.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
(9 – 5pm  5 days a week) 

Alzheimer’s Australia SA: (08)  8372 2100
(9 – 5pm  5 days a week)         

Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS): 1800 699 799
(24 hours, 7 days a week) 

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636      

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Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service

This free service provides individualised support for the carers of people living with dementia whose behavioural and psychological needs are rapidly changing and impacting on the person’s care and quality of life.

Carers can call 24 hours a day to discuss matters of concern.

This service is managed by Dementia Support Australia and operates Australia Wide.  CALL 1800 699 799


Younger Onset Dementia

If you are caring for a person who has memory loss/dementia and is under the age of 65 years, contact Alzheimer’s Australia SA and ask to speak with a Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker. Some assistance in planning an NDIS application for funding is also available.

National Dementia Helpline (for appointments): 1800 100 500

Read the Younger Onset Dementia series of Help Sheets.


As you notice changes in behaviour you may want to seek professional advice and treatment. It can be important to get medical diagnosis early.


Your GP should be your initial and most important contact as they know the health status of the person you care for. They can provide a referral to a specialist who will assess the type of dementia. They will continue to be a useful support if the changes in behaviour have a medical basis that you need to address. They provide information to help you apply to Centrelink for Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.


A geriatrician, neurologist or neuropsychologist will make an assessment/diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, and determine which stage the disease is in. They can prescribe medication to treat cognitive, behavioural and psychological symptoms.