$18 million announced for National Dementia Network

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02 July 2018
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MEDIA CONTACT: Bojana Kos | P: 0401 882 153 | E: bojana.kos@nnidr.gov.au


The Australian Government has today announced $18 million to establish the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) – the largest single research program to be funded to date through the Government’s Boosting Dementia Research Initiative.

“Accelerating innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia is a global priority and research effort that Australia is proud to be a part of,” Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said.

ADNeT will bring dementia researchers, clinicians, health service providers and industry, together with people living with dementia to deliver the ADNeT Registry and research program, enabling high-quality research and clinical care.

ADNet is set to become the single largest investment in dementia research in Australia, with additional pledges of support from philanthropic organisations the JO and JR Wicking Trust, and the Yulgilbar Foundation. These Foundations join industry, universities, research institutes and state governments to more than double the Federal Government’s investment.

Through ADNeT, Australia joins the international push to utilise large-scale national dementia registries to accelerate dementia research.

ADNeT will:

  • Track, benchmark and report on the quality of clinical care of those with dementia, supporting the program’s research participants through the life course and producing valuable data sets that will improve understanding of what causes dementia, how it progresses, risks, opportunities for new treatments, and quality care.
  • Establish a national network of memory clinics to better assess cognitive disorders and improve specialist access for all Australians.
  • Prepare willing Australians for participation in clinical trials and other research programs, by providing them with state of the art diagnosis and tracking their disease trajectory over time.
  • Ensure Australian and international data area able to be shared, providing unprecedented research access to large scale data sets that can inform prevention, treatment and care.

“As Minister for Aged Care I am vitally concerned with the quality of healthcare received by Australians. As such, I warmly welcome ADNet’s focus on bringing evidence-based strategies into the community as quickly as possible to improve the lives of people with, and at risk of, dementia,” Minister Wyatt said.

This funding is part of a $200 million package for boosting dementia research announced in the 2014-15 budget.

Since 2015, NHMRC’s National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) has been targeting, coordinating and translating the strategic expansion of dementia research in Australia. By collaborating with researchers; engaging those living with dementia in research efforts and connecting with health professionals and policy makers, the NNIDR is committed to achieving the World Dementia Council’s international target – the identification of a disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025.

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