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:


New tool to measure quality of aged care presented at Senate hearing

aged care foyer

On 21 November CDPC researchers presented an important rating tool developed to measure the quality of aged care to a Senate Enquiry hearing into the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and Accreditation Framework.

The Consumer Choice Index – 6 Dimension (CCI-6D) instrument was developed by the 'Models of Residential Care for Older People with Cognitive Decline' research team led by Professor Maria Crotty.

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Health professionals - become an Agent of Change

Kate LAver with consumer

Health professionals are invited to participate in the first National Quality Collaborative for dementia

A CDPC project, ‘Agents of Change’ will help people living with dementia in the community maintain their quality of life with evidence based treatments in occupational therapy, exercise and carer support that delay functional decline.

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