$10 million Targeted Call For Research on Dementia in Indigenous Communities

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05 June 2017
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The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) announces that the call for research on dementia in Indigenous Australians is open.

“Dementia is one of the biggest health problems facing Australia and is experienced by Indigenous Australians at a much higher rate, and with an earlier age of onset, than other Australians,” said Janice Besch, Director, NNIDR.

“In the past, this (issue) has been compounded by a lack of culturally appropriate diagnostic tools, which has resulted in the poor recognition of dementia within Indigenous communities and among health care workers and service providers.

“Culturally appropriate research directly targeting dementia in Indigenous Australians and their communities is needed to begin to address this significant issue.”

The Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians provides up to $10 million to support culturally appropriate research specifically addressing the health and care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with dementia and the impact on their families, carers and communities.

The initiative was developed by the NNIDR with input from expert advisers from around Australia and from the NHMRC Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus.

“Generating meaningful communication pathways between dementia researchers, health and health service providers and Indigenous communities will be critical to providing better prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care options for Indigenous Australians living with dementia” stated Ms Besch.

“Best practice models of care for Indigenous Australians living with dementia must be developed with a view to recognising the role of family and maintaining connection with the community.”

For more information on this NHMRC Targeted Call for Research, please visit:
https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/apply-funding/targeted-and-urgent-calls-research To be considered for funding, applicants must provide NHMRC with preliminary application information by 28 June 2017.

Part of the Australian Government’s Boosting Dementia Research initiative, the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research has been established to target, co-ordinate and translate the strategic expansion of dementia research in Australia.