Dementia science not enough to fight diagnostic delays

EXPERTS say delays in diagnosing people with dementia are still a major concern and Australia needs to make the most of existing resources to fight and treat the disease.

A new article published in the Medical Journal of Australia praises progress in dementia research and intervention, but says more needed to be done.

More than 342,000 people have dementia in Australia.

The article by Dr Terence Chong, from the University of Melbourne, and co-authors Dr Samantha Loi, Professor Nicola Lautenschlager and Professor David Ames, noted recent advances in dementia research, particularly in the area of Alzheimer's disease.

"But there needs to be greater co-ordination of service delivery systems for patients and carers at every stage," they said.