Improving dementia care to Indigenous communities
A multi-disciplinary team of researchers* across Australia have received over $3 million in funding from the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to improve the outcomes of Indigenous Australians living with dementia.
The study will examine the effectiveness and cost efficiency of a community-based approach aiming for an earlier diagnosis of dementia, and the delivery of best practice dementia care.
Communities with a high of Indigenous population will be involved across Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, which will help determine the viability of a new approach to providing care.
The study will be carried out by researchers from the University of Newcastle, James Cook University, Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory Department of Health, University of Sydney and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and will be completed in 2023.
*The research team consist of the following chief investigators; Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher (University of Newcastle), Professor Gail Garvey (Menzies School of Health Research), Mr Steve Blunden (Casino Aboriginal Medical Service), Professor Alan Clough (James Cook University), Dr Michael Lowe (Top End Health), Dr Megan Freund (University of Newcastle), Dr Jamie Bryant (University of Newcastle), Associate Professor Megan Passey (University of Sydney), Dr Chris Oldmeadow (Hunter Medical Research Institute), and Associate Professor Nola Ries (University of Technology Sydney).
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