Development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Research Roadmap

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) is developing a Roadmap to specifically address the challenge of dementia within Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Dementia is experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians at a much higher rate than in the non-Indigenous population. Research indicates this difference may be accounted for by higher rates of cardiovascular disease, stroke, adverse early life events and head injury within these communities.

We want to hear from you, if you are:

  • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person living with dementia
  • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community member
  • A carer or family member of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living with dementia
  • An aged care service provider, or peak body
  • A health service provider, or
  • An aged care or dementia researcher

The intention of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Research Roadmap is to:

  • Outline priorities and gaps in dementia research for these communities
  • Facilitate collaboration across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    dementia research
  • Outline research translation initiatives across Australia
  • Improve research engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Create strategies for building the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dementia researcher workforce

The Roadmap will provide a five-year framework for policy, strategy and funding to address the challenge of dementia within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - for people currently living with dementia, their families and carers.

To have your say and make recommendations on the research and services needed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia, please complete this survey.

The survey will close 15 October 2018.