NeuRA Magazine #23

WHAT’S GOING ON AT NEURA

As part of our community engagement across Mental Health Week, NeuRA hosted a special breakfast event at NSW Parliament as a guest of the Hon Tanya Davies MP, the Minister for Mental Health, Women and Ageing. NeuRA’s Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert, Dr Jan Fullerton and Dr Justine Gatt each presented short and informative talks. The event was very well attended by local and rural MPs and has already resulted in strong support for the roll out of NeuRAtalks.org online seminar series to the national and rural population.

A Vivid style lights spectacular lit up the NeuRA building during Mental Health Week. Mrs Margarete Ainsworth turned on the lights in a special launch event to mark the beginning of the NeuRA public seminars and events which delivered a wide range of presentations focused on mental health disorders.

Co-Chairs of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry, Prof Jacqueline Close and Prof Ian Harris were honoured by the Health Services Research Award at Research Australia’s Annual Health and Medical Research Awards. They proudly accepted the award on behalf of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry, and said the award recognised the hard work of their entire team.

 

 

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MyCOACH: Connected Advice for Cognitive Health

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) are inviting people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) to participate in a voluntary online research trial aiming to reduce the risk of dementia. What is the MyCOACH Trial about? This research aims to test the effectiveness of an e-learning and behaviour change course designed to support healthy brain ageing and reduce risk of dementia.  The course is tailored for people reporting cognitive difficulties or changes. The trial runs for 12 weeks, with a follow up at 1 and 2 years afterwards. What is involved in this research trial? Interested volunteers will be asked to complete some eligibility checks to confirm this study is a good match.    If you decide to take part you would: Be placed into either the MyCOACH e-learning group (“Intervention”) or the Control Education group (“Control”). To ensure the research is fair and unbiased, we cannot choose the group for you.   It will be random - like names out of a hat. MyCOACH e-learning group (“Intervention”):  Volunteers in this group participate in the 12 week online MyCOACH program.  This includes 6 e-learning chapters, as well as three phone consultations with a dietician and/or exercise physiologist, and a 3-month subscription to a brain training app. Control Education group (“Control”): Volunteers in this group will receive information about cognitive health and risk factors for dementia.  This group is important to be able to measure the effectiveness of the research.  At the end of the study, volunteers in this “control” group can access the full MyCOACH e-learning course. Take part in four telephone interviews throughout the study with questions about your health. This includes a follow-up at the end of 12 weeks, and 1 and 2 years later. You may be eligible to participate in the MyCOACH Trial if you: Have concerns about changes in your memory or thinking OR diagnosed with ‘Mild Cognitive Impairment’ Are 65 years of age or older   Expressions of interest [ninja_forms id=376]   Contact If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact us for more information: Dinaz Parekh Email: mycoach@neura.edu.au Phone: (02) 9399 1815
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