Can pain medication help to reduce behavioural symptoms of dementia? New Australian research

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 1:10pm

Researchers from the National Ageing Research Institute based in Melbourne are leading a double blind placebo controlled trial to see whether pain relief could reduce the severity of behavioural and psychological symptoms in older people with dementia.

Funding for the trial has been provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Funding Australian dementia care research

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 12:47pm

Australian dementia care researchers are urging Minister for Health the Hon Peter Dutton to ensure that a share of new dementia research funding is directed to research on care.

You can read more about this initiative and show your support by signing a petition here -

National Aged Care data now more accessible

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 11:25am

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have developed the new National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse, an independent and centralised repository of national aged care data.

The Data Clearinghouse is a component of the Australian Government's package on aged care reform measures and was developed to provide aged care data to a range of stakeholders including policy makers, researchers, service providers and consumers.

Healthier lifestyles could lower rates of dementia

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 9:11am

Dementia Australia Media Release

A report released today by Alzheimer’s Australia and the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), Is the Incidence of Dementia Declining?, suggests that action on preventative health could lower the risk of dementia for future generations.  

Professor Perminder Sachdev, author of the report and the newly appointed Chief Medical Adviser to Alzheimer’s Australia, said:

Discovery could lead to new drug targets to fight Alzheimer's Disease

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 2:14pm

University of Wollongong Media Release

In collaboration with researchers at the University of Oxford (UK), scientists at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), based at the University of Wollongong, have made a significant contribution to the worldwide search for drug targets to prevent or treat age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia.

Deaths due to dementia increasing: new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 4:14pm

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has today released a report showing that dementia was the second leading cause of death in women in Australia in 2012.

The figures, contained in the report Causes of Death, Australia, 2012 also show that deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to increase.

Preventable complications in hospitals

Friday, 5 July 2013 - 3:00am

There is growing evidence that hospitals are not safe places for people with dementia.

For example, a recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia with support from the J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust, found that almost half of people with dementia in hospitals are not identified as such, and that people with dementia end up in hospital for longer than people without, at an additional cost of 35% to the healthcare system.