Diagnosing dementia – what does the future hold?

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Friday 31 July 2015
Media Release

Public event: 13 August 2015

A simple blood test, eye imaging, brain scans and memory tests – could these simple techniques be the future for diagnosing dementia?

The Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation in partnership with The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the CRC for Mental Health, are excited to announce the free public event to be held in Melbourne ‘Diagnosing dementia – what does the future hold?’

Paul Barclay from ABC Big Ideas will host the event. He and our expert panel will discuss how these simple techniques could all be part of diagnosing dementia in the future. They will discuss the significant progress towards accurately diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia 10 – 20 years before symptoms occur.

Carol Bennett, Alzheimer’s Australia CEO says “it is increasingly evident that if we can treat dementia early, before symptoms occur and too much damage is caused, the progress of the condition can be stalled”.

With personal insight being shared by Jenny Lloyd, 62 an Alzheimer’s Australia consumer, the panel will tackle some of the tough questions;

  • how accurate are these techniques?
  • what do they tell us?
  • and if you could know early, would you want to?

Panellists include:

  • Professor Graeme Samuel (National President, Alzheimer’s Australia)
  • Professor Ashley Bush (CRC for Mental Health and Florey Institute)
  • Doctor Rachel Buckley (AADRF Fellow, University of Melbourne)
  • Doctor Shaun Frost (CSIRO)
  • Jenny Lloyd, 62, consumer

Date: 13 August 2015
Time: 6.00pm – refreshments from 8.00pm
Venue: Ian Potter auditorium, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, Melbourne

Please be sure to register early here.

Media enquiries

Bianca Armytage | [email protected] | 0407 019 430

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