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:

Latest news and events

$2.2 million funding boost for CDPC researchers


Congratulations to CDPC researchers who received funding in the latest round of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Boosting Dementia Grant Scheme. This new funding will allow researchers to expand on the work they have been doing within the CDPC to improve the care of people living with dementia. The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced a total of 45 projects from around Australia received $40m to address the growing health concerns and increase effort in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of people living with dementia and functional decline.

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CDPC research highlighted at International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference

Over a dozen CDPC members headed to San Francisco to present their latest research findings at the largest international conference on ageing. On July 23 2017, the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) greeted more than 6000 representatives from medicine, nursing, social science, psychological science, and other disciplines to share the latest science, research, and policy developments to improve the quality of life of the world’s older adults. Follow us on twitter @nhmrc_cdpc #IAGG2017.


New resources available online to assist community, aged and health care staff plan ahead.

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


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