$21 million in funding for dementia research

WAHTN commends the Australian Government for setting aside an additional $21 million for dementia research. This is a significant area of research and the funds will help focus research on risk reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia – which is Australia’s second leading cause of death.


The need for investment in research to develop new treatments and to improve dementia care is evident. The $21 million is in addition to the $185 million Dementia,  Ageing and Aged Care 10 year mission which is funded through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).


We congratulate the recipients of the 13 funded projects (listed below) who are all part of our Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) partner organisations.


Funded Projects from Round 5 – Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention:

Chief InvestigatorProject TitleOrganisation
Assoc Prof Lisbeth EveredThe PROJECT Trial: PeRiOperaTive Enhancement of Cognitive TrajectoryUniversity of Melbourne
Prof Kaarin AnsteyTranslating the evidence on dementia risk reduction to generate assessments, advice and training for health professionals, policy makers, patients and publicUniversity of New South Wales
Prof Andrew PipingasMediterranean diet and exercise to reduce cognitive decline and dementia risks in independent living older Australians: the MedWalk randomised controlled trialSwinburne University of Technology
Dr Ashleigh SmithLiving your best day – Optimising activity and diet compositions for dementia preventionUniversity of South Australia
Prof Sharon NaismithREducing Sleep Apnoea for the PrEvention of Dementia (REShAPED): a multi-site feasibility RCTUniversity of Sydney
Prof Katherine SamarasPreventing cognitive decline with metformin: a randomised controlled trialThe Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Dr Paul GardinerTaking a whole of day approach to optimising activity to prevent dementia in people with type 2 diabetesThe University of Queensland
Dr Yen Ying LimBetterBrains: Person-Centred, Multi-Domain, Primary Prevention Strategies to Delay Memory DeclineUniversity of Melbourne
Dr Johnson GeorgeHolistic Approach in Primary care for Preventing Memory Impairment aNd Dementia (HAPPI MIND)Monash University
Assoc Prof Amy BrodtmannCardiovascular exercise to prevent cognitive decline in high risk patient populations: a post-ischaemic stroke exercise intervention studyUniversity of Melbourne
Assoc Prof Edward StrivensReducing dementia risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CommunitiesJames Cook University


Funded Projects from Round 6 – Improving Dementia Data and Methods:

Chief InvestigatorProject TitleOrganisation
Prof Annette DobsonImproving Australia’s Dementia StatisticsThe University of Queensland
Prof Velandai SrikanthLeveraging electronic medical records and routine administrative data towards a population approach for monitoring dementia frequency, risk factors and managementMonash University