Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre
The NHMRC Partnership Centre: Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People (Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre) aims to improve the lives of people with dementia by developing, communicating, and implementing research that improves care.
Our approach is guided by our commitment to working together, diversity, and translating rigorous research into practice.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and there are currently 353, 800 Australians living with dementia. An estimated 1.2 million people are involved in the care of a person with dementia.
To achieve our aim we bring together consumers, industry partners, researchers and clinicians to develop relevant research questions and ensure findings are applicable to the current care environment for people with dementia.
Our diverse program of research includes:
- Development of the first Clinical Practice Guidelines for Dementia in Australia.
- Advance care planning: how it is different for people with dementia
- Embedding the care of the Confused Hospitalised Older Person (CHOPs) program across hospitals in NSW and beyond.
- More CDPC research activities
Latest news and events
New resources are now available online to assist community, aged and health care staff to highlight the importance of planning ahead for people in their care, particularly those in the early stages of dementia. "These resources are about positive action for people with dementia and their carers. It is a bout planning for the future," said Project Lead Investigator, Professor Meera Agar, who launched the resources at the University of South Australia on April 6. The resources are available on the CDPC webpage, Advance Care Planning and Alzheimer's Australia , Start2Talk
Partnership Centres explore ways to improve the use of evidence in policy and practice
The NHMRC’s three Partnership Centres have a unique opportunity to contribute to the science behind increasing the uptake of evidence in policy and practice, a workshop was told. The workshop brought together representatives from the three Partnership Centres and international experts to discuss practical ways to encourage the use of evidence in policy. Dr Bev Holmes, Acting President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in Canada, told the workshop that while there was a body of scientific literature around ‘knowledge mobilisation’, few organisations could draw on their practical experiences in the same way as Partnership Centres Read more and access the link to a free webinar
A FREE Interprofessional education program available online
This free toolkit, developed through funding from the CDPC, provides aged care managers and administrators with the first comprehensive guide for implementing an interprofessional education (IPE) program for students and staff at their facility.
The IPEAC Toolkit is available HERE
How is Alice is helping people with dementia
A CDPC funded project being carried out at one or our funding partner organisations, Brightwater Care Group, is examining if the use of a socailisation robot can enhance the well-being of people living with dementia.
“From day one residents have loved engaging with Alice so this research is an important next step in understanding what impact she is having on older adults with cognitive and/or functional decline and how we can make the most of the opportunities she presents,” said Brightwater CEO Jennifer Lawrence .
Read more about the project online at ABC news
Strengthening Dementia Strategy, Sydney May 30-31
The CDPC is a proud supporter of the Strengthening Dementia Strategy conference. You will hear from leading aged care providers and learn practical strategies to: Draw best practice from evidence based research and clinical guidelines; Transform organisational culture to support people with dementia; Embed person centred practices for dementia into an organisational strategy;Improve staff capacity for dementia specific care; Enable independent living for people with dementia;Mitigate risk while empowering choice for people living with dementia. More Information and Registration Here