Meet our PhDs: Dr Tierney’s Own Meaningful Activities
Dr Laura Tierney completed her PhD with Professor Elizabeth Beattie and Dr Elaine Fielding examining meaningful activity for older adults with dementia. Her research proposed a conceptual model for understanding “meaningful activity” and a person-centred approach to care that respects individuality, focuses on individuals’ strengths rather than impairments and empowers individual decision-making. “I worked as […]
Three Postgraduate Scholarships in Dementia Research Announced!
The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) would like to announce the 2021 DCRC Postgraduate Research Scholarships for Dementia Research. Three PhD scholarships are on offer at $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years starting in 2021. For this scholarship round, candidates undertaking research into dementia care and prevention will be prioritised for funding.
MEDIA RELEASE: $200,000 to address the appropriate use of psychotropic medicines for people living with dementia
Professor Simon Bell, Pharmacist and Director of the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety at Monash University has received $200,000 from the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) to lead a multidisciplinary team to develop guidelines for the appropriate use of psychotropic medicines for people living with dementia.
“The Royal Commission into Aged Quality and Safety has highlighted the over-reliance on chemical restraint as one of three areas for immediate action within aged care,” said Professor Bell.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Guidelines for the appropriate use of psychotropic medicines
The DCRC is seeking proposals to develop guidelines for the appropriate use of psychotropic medicines for people living with dementia. Clear and accurate guidance regarding the use of such medicines is required for clinicians and other care staff to reduce chemical restraints and improve care for people living with dementia. Guidelines are also required for […]
Healthier drinking choices and cognitive decline in older risky drinkers
Alcohol consumption is a key modifiable risk factor associated with dementia and cognitive decline. However, recent reviews have noted a scarcity of interventions focusing on the prevention of problematic alcohol use in older adults. To address this significant gap in the literature, this world first study aims to determine whether an online alcohol intervention adapted […]
Frontotemporal dementia or autism spectrum disorder? Refining the diagnosis of emerging social impairments in older adults
Emerging changes in behaviour and thinking abilities in older adults are often thought to indicate the presence of dementia. In recent years, however, we have become increasingly aware of individuals initially diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia – a younger-onset dementia affecting primarily personality and behaviour – but who show very little change over many years. We […]
“Golden Angels” spreading their wings: Translating a volunteer dementia and delirium program from hospitals to residential care
Many residential aged care facility (RACF) staff would like to focus on meeting the emotional needs of their residents but time and resourcing pressures mean that they are compelled to prioritise task-focused, physical care. Compounding this, people with dementia are at greater risk for loneliness, serious physical illness such as delirium, and having their attempts to express their unmet physical and emotional needs viewed as aggressive or inappropriate.
DCRC eNews – June 2020
Despite COVID shutdown it is a busy time across our three hubs in Queensland and New South Wales. Applications closed in September 2019 for our world class research project grants that fund trials and studies to evaluate efficacy, methods, interventions, practice change or policy for people with dementia and we are delighted to announce the successful applicants and their projects!
World Class Research Grants for Dementia Research Awarded
The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) is pleased to announce the successful applicants receiving World Class Research Large Grants for dementia research for 2020. The three grants of up to $600,000 each, have been awarded to research teams led by Professor Susan Kurrle, Dr Louise Mewton and Professor Olivier Piguet.