Development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation

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.

The intention of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation 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.

A nationwide consultation was conducted in late 2018. Release of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation is expected in 2020.