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


Public Consultation Notice: Draft: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline for Deprescribing Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Memantine in People with Dementia

Appropriate use of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine involves both prescribing these medications to individuals who are likely to benefit, and deprescribing (withdrawing) them for individuals where the risks outweigh the benefits. The purpose of this guideline is to assist healthcare professionals to determine when it might be suitable to trial withdrawal of these medications for an individual and to guide how to conduct withdrawal.

All end-users, consumers and the public are invited to make a submission to the guideline development team lead (Dr Emily Reeve) on the draft guidelines.

More information on the public consultation here


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


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