"Big Picture of Dementia Research"

A celebration of a decade of DCRC achievements is also a biosketch of the evolving landscape of Australian dementia research. Key milestones include changes in how science is funded, service delivery, aged care reform, standards in workforce education, and mechanisms for ensuring the valuable consumer voice shapes national research priorties. The DCRCs  look forward to the future as a member organisation of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research, and celebrate 10 years of contributing to the big picture of dementia research by sponsoring the October/November 2016 issue of the 
Australian Journal of Dementia Care

 
Don't lose sight of the consumers
Comment by Dr Jane Thompson, member of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Board, DCRCs’ Coordinating Committee, and the former Consumer Dementia Research Network
The DementiaKT Hub: translating research into practice
Belinda Goodenough and Tracy Higgins introduce the DementiaKT Hub - a new one-stop online destination for the latest research-based dementia resources involving DCRC expertise.  
DOMS lets clinicians 'speak the same language'
Adam Bentvelzen, Liesbeth Aerts, Katrin Seeher, Belinda Goodenough and Henry Brodaty introduce an important update to The Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite (DOMS) and its new user-friendly website.
Liesbeth Aerts, Katrin Seeher and Henry Brodaty explain how the test and recently updated online tool can be useful in promoting better assessment and timely care for people with dementia
Jess Baker presents an update on the Kids4Dementia project, an innovative classroom-based program designed to educate the next generation about dementia.
Recipients of DCRC Dementia Research Grants for 2016
Karolina Krysinska, Perminder Sachdev and Henry Brodaty explain the benefits and outline their progress in developing the first stage of a National Dementia Registry in Australia
Inspiring action: Australian team at forefront of young onset dementia research
Adrienne Withall explains how Australia's INSPIRED study is leading young onset dementia research internationally.
Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Aleksandra Kudlicka and Linda Clare describe how cognitive rehabilitation can be used as part of an enablement approach to support people with dementia.
Tiffany Jessop reports on preliminary results from the HALT project.
Daniella Kanareck, Natalie Narunsky and Brian Draper have developed an Australian guide to complement the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST).
Dementia is not yet curable, but the benefits of early diagnosis include access to specialised health care, appropriate interventions and local support services.
Melinda Martin-Khan outlines the primary recommendation arising from GPs and Practice Nurses looking at evidence for dementia prevention and opportunities for getting the message to their patients.
Kasia Bail explains how four common, but potentially preventable complications experienced by older patients with dementia in hospital can be useful indicators of quality of care.
Lee-Fay Low, Jennifer Fletcher, Belinda Goodenough, Yun-Hee Jeon, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Margaret MacAndrew and Elizabeth Beattie report on strategies that can be used to change staff practice in aged care homes to improve outcomes for residents.
Appreciative Inquiry is one practice-change approach that's gaining popularity in Australian organisations. Belinda Goodenough, Ruby Tsang and Michael Young investigate how it's been used in dementia care settings and with what outcomes.
Connections in care count
Anne-Nicole Casey and Janet Mitchell are using social network analysis (SNA) in their research to investigate and describe the relationship networks of people with dementia living in long-term residential care.
Measuring the importance of getting out and about
Jacki Liddle, David Ireland, Fleur Harrison, Louise Gustafsson, Sandy Brauer, Robyn Lamont, Theresa Scott, Nancy Pachana, Perminder Sachdev, Kristan Kang and Henry Brodaty report.
Taking steps to reduce risky aspects of wandering
Margaret MacAndrew, Elizabeth Beattie, Elaine Fielding and Catherine Wyles present the views of care staff on the effectiveness and feasibility of a new walking program for people with dementia.
Dementia SPEAKE is a series of online resources to help dementia care workers develop the skills to formally evaluate their programs and services. Megan Heffernan, Tiffany Jessop and Ruby Tsang explain.
Kim Burns, Ranmalie Jayasinha, Belinda Goodenough and Henry Brodaty report the experiences of dementia care staff in putting into practice knowledge of evidence-based interventions for better managing BPSD.
A new culturally appropriate resource for professionals and health workers supporting people with dementia in Aboriginal communities in remote areas of Australia.