Dementia Severe Behaviour Response Teams

A Federal Government initiative will provide a help for aged care residents who exhibit severe behaviour as a result of their dementia and assist them to manage their symptoms.


Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley said the $54.5 million commitment to establish Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRTs) across Australia would better support residents with dementia to minimise the need for them to be unnecessarily transferred to a higher security or acute facility.


Ms Ley said the Severe Behaviour Response Teams would commence operation in November 2015 and would be mobile squads of clinical experts able to provide advice and assessment to residential aged care providers within four hours of a request for assistance seven days a week.


“Like all of us, aged care residents are most comfortable in a familiar environment and this programme will provide that helping hand to better manage people in their current community who exhibit severe behaviour because of their dementia,” Ms Ley said.


“This initiative will provide additional support in a crisis situation to residents, who may be hitting out at people around them, and manage their behaviour so they can remain in their familiar aged care home.”


Following the initial assessment, the Severe Behaviour Response Team will either follow up with a face-to-face or tele-health consultation to assess the causes of the resident’s behaviours and advise care staff or how to resolve the immediate crisis and develop longer term care plans.


Ms Ley said HammondCare had been selected to establish and operate the programme nationally, following an open competitive process.


This is the first phase of the programme, with phase two to build on the lessons learned from the implementation of phase one by integrating Severe Behaviour Response Teams and the existing Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services.


More information about the Severe Behaviour Response Teams can be found at


22 October 2015.