$18 million for dementia research targeting risk reduction, prevention and improved dementia data and methods

Speaking in Adelaide, Federal Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt, has announced today one of the final major rounds of funding available through the Australian Government’s $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative – up to $18 million for research activities that will contribute to dementia risk reduction, prevention, and the development of novel ways of tracking dementia incidence and prevalence in Australia.

Minister Wyatt formally announced the Implementing Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention Research Priority Funding Round, which will make up to $15 million available in the priority research area of prevention.

'This investment in the discovery of prevention methods that work for dementia and could be applied through comprehensive public health awareness campaigns is crucial,' said Minister Wyatt.

'We know modifiable lifestyle factors like reducing stress, stopping smoking, staying physically and mentally active, and keeping cholesterol and blood pressure low, offer real opportunities to drive back dementia. But we need to understand to what extent and in what circumstances they produce positive results.'

Additionally and in support of these outcomes, Minister Wyatt also announced the Improving Dementia Data and Methods Priority Funding Round, with up to $3 million to be made available to researchers seeking to provide new capacity for reliable estimates of dementia data to support future research and health policy efforts.

For more information on these two Boosting Dementia Research Initiative Priority Funding Rounds, including opening and closing dates please visit the NHMRC's Boosting Dementia Research Grants page.

To see the full media release, please visit the webpage of Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt MP.