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How many DCRCs are there?
In 2006 the DCRCs commenced as a three site collaborative, each with a distinct set of research priorities. Over time the network grew, research questions were answered, and new ones emerged. The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Reserch (NNIDR) was established in 2015. The DCRCs are now part of the NNIDR as a unitary network of projects addressing a single set of national research priorities emphasising knowledge translation.The DCRC governance structure has been under review to facilitate bringing the research programs into a unified program under the NNIDR. The processes are underway and are expected to be finalised by June 2017. For further information, please consult this communications pack prepared by an external consultant.
For continuity with core programs of work during this transition period, the three university sites in the DCRC network still nominally identify with the original centre names:
Prof Brodaty talks about research at DCRC-ABC
for a brief DCRC history and early collaboration structure, read this 2008 report
What does the mission statement mean? "Translating Dementia Research Into practice"
Completing dementia research is only the beginning.To make a difference in dementia, the research outputs must 'count', i.e. be put into practice.Visit the DementiaKT hub to learn more about Knowledge Translation (KT) and find resources based on DCRC research, expertise, and partnerships.
What sort of research is conducted by the DCRCs?
Prof Beattie talks about carer and consumer research
A key focus is applied research on topics meaningful to people with dementia and their family carers. Learn more about DCRC research and consumer experiences of participation here.
Do the DCRCs work with other organisations?
In addition, the DCRCs are working closely with the Consumer Dementia Research Network, the National Dementia Quality Care Network and other components of the National Dementia Initiative including the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services and the Dementia Training Study Centres (see Dementia Training Australia).
An important component of the DCRCs is capacity building, this means enhancing the ability of Australian clinicians and researchers to undertake applied dementia research, encouraging new researchers, providing scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships and providing a platform for grant applications through NHMRC and other funding bodies.
How is DCRC research funded?
The Dementia Collaborative Research Centres receive core funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). This is administered through the NNIDR.
Dementia research benefits from donations from generous individuals keen to find a cure for dementia and, in the meantime, to improve quality of life for persons with dementia and their carers. The DCRCs welcome donations to support our programs.