Funding supports Australia's best and brightest dementia researchers

Brain graphicThe use of songwriting to improve the relationships between people living with dementia and their families is just one of 17 new projects that will share more than $1 million in grants to conduct ground breaking dementia research. 

Dr Imogen Clark from the University of Melbourne was awarded a $50,000 Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care. She will use the funding to explore the potential of group songwriting as a means for improving social connection, mental health, wellbeing and quality of life for people with dementia, their families and carers. 

Four PhD scholars will also be supported through the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, with Paulene Mackell from RMIT University and the National Ageing Research Institute receiving the Consumer-Priority PhD Scholarship to explore and build on the ways that art centres located in remote Aboriginal communities are providing support to older community members who are living with dementia. 

Professor Graeme Samuel AC, Chair of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, says the grants provide vital support to early career researchers who are eager to make a difference in the field of dementia research.

“These grants are highly competitive and sought after in the research sector. They directly support Australian researchers who are keen to understand the causes of dementia and develop strategies to reduce dementia risk, provide accurate and timely diagnoses and improve treatment and care options for people who live with this disease,” he says.

To see the full list of successful applicants, visit:

dementia.org.au/research