What are the Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRTs)?
Who are the SBRTs?
The Severe Behaviour Response Teams are a mobile workforce of staff including nurse practitioners, nurses, allied health and specialist staff - available to provide timely expertise and advice to Commonwealth funded approved residential aged care providers requiring assistance with addressing the needs of people with severe and very severe Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).
Who is Eligible?
The SBRTs are for people living in Commonwealth funded approved Residential Aged Care Facilities, Multi-Purpose Services, or Flexibly Funded Services, who have severe, very severe and extreme behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
What help can the SBRTs Offer?
SBRTs can assess the causes of the behaviours, assist care staff until the immediate crisis is resolved, develop a care plan to address and deal with behaviours, then provide follow up assistance as needed.
This may include the training and up skilling of staff to enable them to appropriately manage residents with severe behaviours.
SBRT staff work face to face, over the phone and via video conferencing.
The SBRTs work across Australia and are available from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week (including public holidays).
How can I access the SBRTs?
All referrals to the SBRTs must be made through the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS).
DBMAS have procedures in place to decide when the SBRT is the best service option or when DBMAS can provide the right support.
To contact DBMAS, please call 1800 699 799 at any time. For more information visit their website.
To discuss an existing referral with the SBRT, please call 1300 014 424.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 000.