Lifespan research

Sydney University Reproduction Forum (SURF)


Founded by Professor Chris O’Neill, the Sydney University Reproduction Forum (SURF) is keenly interested in promoting networking and research opportunities in the area of reproductive research. If you have any queries or would like to join the forum, please contact the Network Office by or on (02) 9351 1915.

NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre

On 9 April 2013 the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, launched the first Partnership Centre on the theme of ‘Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People’. View the Media Release about this launch here.

Over five years the Centre will be jointly governed and supported to the value of $25 million by NHMRC and its partners: HammondCare (NSW), Helping Hand Aged Care (SA), Brightwater Care Group (WA) and Alzheimer’s Australia.

This Partnership Centre’s Chief Investigator, Sydney University Professor Susan Kurrle of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, will lead an Investigator Team in improving the management and treatment of people with cognitive decline, building the capacity of the aged care sector, and strengthening the support systems for carers of older people with cognitive and related functional decline.

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HammondCare is an independent Christian charity specialising in dementia and aged care, palliative care, rehabilitation and older persons' mental health.
Hammondcare leads or partners in a range of dementia and aged care research projects, including studies on the delivery of residential, community and respite aged care as well as research that explores the interface between aged care and palliative care.
Their research areas include:

  • Dementia and aged care
  • Older persons' mental health
  • Palliative care
  • Pain management and treatment
  • Rehabilitation and restorative care
  • Workplace development and training

HammondCare research not only focuses on improving a person's quality of life, but also seeks to assist family, carers and staff to provide the best quality of care and to feel supported in their role.
For more information please contact .

Are you interested in starting a research interest group?

The Lifespan Research Network would like to hear from members who are interested in establishing a research interest group in Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health or Healthy Ageing research.

The purpose of interest groups is to promote and enhance focused discussion between members of the Lifespan Research Network within particular fields of Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health and Healthy Ageing research. These groups are initiated and run by members of the Lifespan Research Network at the University of Sydney and its affiliated teaching hospitals and research institutes.

Some central coordination for the groups will be provided by the Network, and information about group activities or new groups will be published on the Lifespan Research Network website and emailed to members.

For further information, please contact the Network Office by or on 9351 1915.