$2.2 million funding boost for CDPC researchers

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Congratulations to CDPC researchers who received funding in the latest round of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Boosting Dementia Grant Scheme. This new funding will allow researchers to expand on the work they have been doing within the CDPC to improve the care of people living with dementia.

The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced a total of 45 projects from around Australia received $40m to address the growing health concerns and increase effort in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of people living with dementia and functional decline.

CDPC researchers received two Boosting Dementia Research Fellowships and a Boosting Dementia Research Grant. The projects will investigate ways to improve post diagnosis care, sustainability of care, and optimising medication management for people with dementia, their carers and their families.

CDPC Director and Chief Investigator Professor Susan Kurrle said that it was critical that additional funds were directed to the area of improving care for people with dementia.

"There are currently no treatments that prevent dementia so it is important government money goes where it can have the most impact for people living with dementia now and this is in the area of care," she said.

Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme: Priority Round 1 - Implementation of Dementia Research into Clinical Practice and Care

Dr Kate Laver: ‘Agents of Change’: Improving post diagnosis care for people with dementia and their carers through the establishment of a National Quality Collaborative to implement guideline recommendations ($770,517.80)

Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Scheme

A/Prof Tracy Comans: Ensuring the sustainability of care for people with dementia now and into the future ($717,062.80)

A/Prof Simon Bell: Optimising medicine regimens for people with dementia: maintaining function, maximising quality of life and preventing adverse events ($715,017.10)