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A collaborative partnership has been established across service providers in Melbourne’s Northern Metropolitan region. Baptcare Northern, Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) and the Neuropsychiatry Unit (Royal Melbourne Hospital North West Adult Mental Health) are collaborating to bridge the gap and initiate service provision and support from the point of diagnosis of Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) through to community support and care. BANCPASS is the result of this collaboration.

BANCPASS (Baptcare, ACAS, Neuropsychiatry Partners Across Service Sectors) identifies patients with YOD at the point of diagnosis, engages with the patient and their family, and with their consent liaises with ACAS making a referral for assessment. If approved for a community support package, Baptcare will then allocate case management of the client to ensure that they are supported in their home and local community. Such referral outside of this collaboration can take up to 12 months or longer to complete, resulting in carer burnout and the need for residential placement prematurely.

BANCPASS offers a service delivery pathway providing consumers and their families a supported model of care. Simultaneously, Baptcare Northern and ACAS are provided with person specific clinical assessment outcomes and ongoing professional development, establishing a team of staff specialising in YOD.