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DEMENTIA AUSTRALIA VICTORIA

As part of the Melbourne Young Onset Dementia Service (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, as well as a shared model of continued care across both 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. The MYOD team also provide community education to individuals and families affected by YOD through the Living with YOD program (formerly Living with Memory Loss program) which is facilitated by DAV. The MYOD team continue to provide ongoing education and support to the YOD Key Workers around the country.