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


Registration Now Open
Reframing Dementia as Social and Cultural Experience 14-15 February 2017
This workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of people committed to challenging ageism, changing the negativity surrounding dementia, better supporting caregivers, and working towards a more caring society.Key themes discussed will be How to change social attitudes towards dementia and How to develop access to dementia-friendly support and information for carers of people with dementia who live at home – all those unpaid/voluntary/family carers.


Interprofessional education lays the foundation for addressing aged care workforce woes
Programs for students to learn interprofessional practice in aged care settings have been shown to increase their likelihood of choosing a career in this sector, a recent report has shown. Aged care providers Brightwater Care Group in WA and Helping Hand Aged Care in SA have been running interprofessional education (IPE) programs over a number of years, aimed at increasing professional collaboration between students from all health disciplines in these settings.

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Monash University to partner with Helping Hand in new NHMRC funded medication regimen simplification trial
Researchers from Monash’s University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) are partnering with South Australian aged care provider Helping Hand to conduct a new cluster randomised controlled trial of pharmacist-led medication regimen simplification. The research is being led by Associate Professor Simon Bell and is funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre.

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Free Webinar: Technology and Telehealth Workshop

The CDPC would like to invite you to attend an online Technology and Telehealth Webcast with the aim to introduce participants to the world of technology and telehealth and to consider how the technologies and protocols might be applied to the care of people with dementia.

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