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:


Guidelines to reduce medications

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A new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approved guideline developed by a CDPC funded project team will assist healthcare professionals reduce prescribing of unnecessary medications in older Australians with dementia.

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Cost of providing care for people with dementia


A CDPC funded project has found that the annual cost of caring for a person living with dementia in residential aged care is $88,000. This figure, which is higher than previous estimates, was based on a study of 541 individuals across 17 residential aged care homes.

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