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Media Release

07 August 2015

Alzheimer’s Australia is privileged to be chosen by Government to play a key role as service provider for the new NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR).

Professor John McCallum has been appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Institute bringing significant experience and knowledge to the role.

The NNIDR will:

  • Identify essential dementia research priorities for Australia to inform the strategic direction of the Institute.
  • Bring together Australia’s current dementia research including existing programs and other national initiatives, to ensure stronger coordination and collaboration.
  • Synthesise information to develop strong linkages with community groups, practitioners and other service providers to rapidly and flexibly translate research outcomes.
  • Develop partnerships with researchers, industry and philanthropic organisations to help embed dementia research into the health system aiming to ultimately translate into policy and practise.
  • Ensure Australian participation in major international collaborations to ensure we remain a world leader.

National President of Alzheimer’s Australia, Professor Graeme Samuel who will chair the Institute, said “Alzheimer’s Australia is honoured to be part of this significant new body which will enable priority research in dementia to be coordinated, funded and communicated.

“This new Institute will facilitate Australian research into dementia of the highest quality and impact, leaving a lasting legacy of excellence that will allow Australia to lead international advances in dementia prevention, treatment and care.

“Alzheimer’s Australia looks forward to working with the NHMRC in the coming months to establish the leading dementia research institute in Australia, which will benefit hundreds of thousands of Australians well into the future” Professor Samuel said.


Media enquiries:

Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | [email protected]

Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 342,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

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