NeuRA Magazine #23


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 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.



See what’s going on at NeuRA


LEAD!- Leveraging Evidence into Action on Dementia

Currently, there is no effective treatment for dementia, highlighting the urgent need to preventing more cases through evidence-based strategies for risk reduction. As there is an overlap between the risk factors for dementia and other preventable non-communicable diseases including stroke, diabetes, and heart disease, it is important to build upon proven risk-reduction strategies. What is LEAD? LEAD! is a project funded by the NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant led by Professor Kaarin Anstey. It involves an international collaboration between leading academics, clinicians, consumers, and community members. Organisations involved include the Department of Health, WHO, Dementia Australia, Alzheimer’s Disease International, Diabetes Australia, and Heart Foundation. The project aims to translate dementia research and implement evidence-based strategies for dementia risk reduction to individuals, communities, and healthcare centres. Three workstreams The project has three concurrent workstreams over five years: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation and adoption. The Development stream, led by Professor Kaarin Anstey and Associate Professor Peters, focuses on building a new tool for predicting dementia and other non-communicable diseases including stroke, diabetes or myocardial infarction. The tool will be available to the public, researchers and clinicians. It will save clinical assessment time, accurately predict multiple outcomes and will be more acceptable in comparison to using individual tools for each disease outcome. The Implementation stream led by Professor Nicola Lautenschalger’s team at the University of Melbourne, will develop strategies to support the implementation of dementia risk reduction evidence by engaging with consumers, clinicians, policy makers, and the public. The stream will develop strategies for incorporating the new risk assessment tool into various technological platforms (e.g., websites or apps). The Evaluation and adoption stream, led by Professor Anstey and in collaboration with Professor Louisa Jorm and Dr Heidi Welberry at UNSW, focuses on measuring trajectories of Australian’s national risk factor profiles for multiple chronic diseases. Collaboration with key stakeholders including the WHO will help build an evaluation framework and methodology for implementing evidence on dementia risk reduction based on WHO guidelines at national level and in the global context.