In 2003 Hazel Hawke AO and Alzheimer’s Australia established the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund to support dementia care research across Australia.
"Practically speaking, I hope to help raise much-needed funds by establishing the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund. I have done this together with Alzheimer’s Australia. We will use the money you donate to assist on-going research into the prevention and management of Alzheimer’ disease, and to help provide crucial services to people and their carers living with dementia. I urge you all to contribute generously to this Fund." - Hazel Hawke (November 2003)
Hazel Hawke passed away on 23 May, 2013 at 83 years of age. During her lifetime, she was committed to community and advocacy work and passionate about women’s rights, heritage and environment, social and community services and media issues.
Hazel was the first prominent Australian to speak publicly about her dementia.
“Hazel embodied a sense of fairness and concern for other Australians, being the first and only well-known Australian to speak publicly about her life with Alzheimer’s disease. Many Australians would have experienced a sense of personal loss with her passing.”
– Ita Buttose, President of Alzheimer’s Australia.
The Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund has, to date, supported 18 research projects.
“The Hazel Hawke award was my first research grant and inspired me to continue clinical research.”
– Dr Amee Baird, Clinical Neuropsychologist
“We are currently applying for funding to continue this work to extend the evidence base for speech pathology services to improve communication and quality of life for people with primary progressive aphasia.”
– Dr Karen Croot, Lecturer in Applied Cognitive Psychology
“Findings from the study were incorporated into a short course (and postgraduate topic) offered regularly by the Centre for Remote Health for practitioners working with remote and Indigenous communities.”
– Associate Professor Melissa Lindeman
Please visit our researchers to read more about the projects Hazel’s fund has supported.
Donations to this fund will help the Dementia Australia Research Foundation to improve the quality of dementia care and develop new opportunities for emerging researchers to develop their careers in the dementia research field.