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Dementia Care in Hospitals Program

The Dementia Care in Hospitals Program (DCHP) is a model of care linked to the use of a Cognitive Impairment Identifier (CII).

The CII is a bedside identifier used by Ballarat Health Services and other health services in Victoria to alert staff to memory and thinking difficulties such as dementia, delirium, and cognitive impairment.

Organisations who have adopted this model of care in partnership with BHS have undergone extensive hospital wide education on the CII use and philosophy of care attached to the symbol.

The Dementia Care in Hospitals Program and Cognitive Impairment Identifier are copyright to BHS. Services wishing to use the DCHP and CII must apply to BHS for permission to use this material at the address below. There is no licence fee for the use of the DCHP and CII in Australia.

The DCHP is now being rolled out and further evaluated in four States across Australia. This project is funded by the Department of Social Services and will be completed in 2017.

For more information on the Dementia Care in Hospitals Program, including reports and results, please contact:

Cognition Clinical Nurse Consultant
Dementia Care in Hospitals Program
Ballarat Health Services
Ph: 03 5320 3652


Information For Health Services planning to Introduce the DCHP

Papers and Presentations