Newest Dementia Australia Honorary Medical Advisor promotes dementia-specific tools for GPs

Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia has officially welcomed Dr Marita Long as the newest Dementia Australia Honorary Medical Advisor today.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM said Dr Long, who is a Victorian based GP working across clinical practice, medical education and research, with a strong interest in women’s health and dementia, has made a significant contribution to dementia treatment and care.

“We are honoured to welcome Marita’s medical expertise and passionate advocacy onboard at Dementia Australia,” Ms McCabe said.

Dr Long is a current committee member for the Australian Society of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a member of the Women in General Practice (Vic) RACGP committee, the Victorian/Tasmanian director on the Board of the Australasian Menopause Society and a co-host of the podcast Dementia in Practice.

Dr Long shared that she is looking forward to commencing her role as Honorary Medical Advisor.

“I am thrilled to join forces with Dementia Australia to raise dementia awareness and provide support for people living with dementia, mild cognitive impairment and the medical practitioners providing care,” Dr Long said.

“It is essential that GPs are better supported and equipped with risk reduction and diagnostic tools to provide informed, personalised support for people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia as well as for people with mild cognitive impairment, their families and carers.”

One resource Dr Long recommends for GPs when treating patients with dementia diagnoses or general cognition concerns is Dementia Australia’s GP referrer pack. The referrer pack includes a dementia service guide, The Dementia Guide, information on the BrainTrack app and a GP referral script pad.

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