Dementia Dispatch Issue 05, March 2016

  • Message from the Director
  • Registrations now open - Australia Dementia Forum 2016
  • NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow Profile
  • Join our membership network
  • Important dates

From the Director’s Office
Professor John McCallum

Professor John McCallum

Since the last Newsletter we have been focused on major developments for the Institute, most recently, building our consumer engagement in research. The Institute partnered with Alzheimer’s Australia at their Consumer Summit 15-16 March 2016 in Parliament House where we took advice on how consumers would like to be involved in research. Out of this consultation we are now moving forward with the NNIDR consumer engagement strategy and a business case to support it.
We are also full steam ahead on the Inaugural National Dementia Forum 2016 1st to 3rd of May and, as a matter of interest, consumers will play a key in these discussions in Brisbane. Registrations are now open for this gathering of the Dementia research community and its supporters (see below) for more on this.
A major goal for the Institute is to bring together the Dementia research community and key stakeholders. The Forum will be our first chance to get together. The new Fellows who have started their work this year will be there along with three top international speakers, including our own Professor Glenda Halliday. It will be exciting and buzzing with discussions.

Best wishes
Professor John McCallum

Registrations now open - Australian Dementia Forum 2016

Venue:  QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia
Date: 1-3 May 2016

The website is now live and online registrations are now open for the NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum 2016. Visit

The website contains information regarding the keynote speakers, program and abstract submission as well as information on recommended accommodation.

Abstracts for the poster session are open to all who wish to submit a poster on Dementia related research. If you are an NHMRC – ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow then you will be presenting both a 3 minute short talk as well as a poster – but you will only need to submit one abstract. If you need any clarification on the abstract submission process, please email your enquiry to We will be notifying accepted abstracts every week up to April 15th.

We also encourage you to register now if you have not already done so to take advantage of the discounted early bird registration. Early bird registration will still be available to those who submit abstracts prior to April 8th. Invited speakers will be contacted directly in regards to their registration arrangements over the coming weeks.
See you in Brisbane!

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow Profile

Recently the Catalyst program on ABC featured a story on an extraordinary new program which is revealing that personalised musical playlists may re-awaken the brains of people with advanced dementia. In-line with this development, our fellow profile this month is Dr Jeanette Tamplin who is pursuing musical interventions to manage symptoms of Dementia.

Dr Jeanette Tamplin

Dr Jeanette Tamplin

National Music Therapy Research Unit (NaMTRU) at The University of Melbourne

Dr Jeanette Tamplin is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow based at The University of Melbourne. She is a registered music therapist with 18 years clinical experience working in neurorehabilitation.

Dr Tamplin is interested in using music interventions to manage some of the challenging symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, anxiety, and apathy, and offering caregivers music-based strategies to use in the home.

Her current research explores the effects of therapeutic singing groups for community-dwelling people with dementia and their primary caregivers designed to:

1) support a sustained and fulfilling relationship between the person with dementia and their primary caregiver;

2) alleviate psychosocial and emotional difficulties that are commonly experienced by people with dementia and their caregivers; and

3) assist people with dementia and their caregivers to remain together in the family home for as long as possible.

If you would like to contact Jeanette, please let us know at

The NNIDR wishes Jeanette the best in her research endeavours.

Join our membership network

The Institute has established a membership network to advance dementia research efforts in Australia. The NNIDR membership network will have an opportunity to play a significant role in prioritising, coordinating and translating the Australian research effort in dementia. As a member you will be able to take part in an extensive consultation process in order to develop and refine national research and translation priorities for dementia.

Membership is open to individuals and organisations with an interest in dementia research, and specific requirements eligibility are outlined here. To enquire about, or express your interest in becoming a member, please send an email to Recipients of funding under the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative will automatically be granted individual membership.

Important Dates

  • Call for NNIDR Forum poster abstracts closes - 8 April 2016
  • NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum 2016, Brisbane, 1-3 May 2016