NeuRA launches Indigenous dementia care project

The La Perouse Aboriginal community will be celebrating National Close the Gap Day on Thursday 22 March 2012 with the launch of a new project to facilitate access to dementia care for Aboriginal people living in the area.

The Koori Dementia Care Project, a joint project between Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and several Aboriginal communities across NSW, is designed to develop awareness of dementia and build local dementia care skills.

Project leader and senior researcher at NeuRA, Prof Tony Broe, has been conducting research into rates of dementia in urban Aboriginal communities for the past few years.

“The Koori Dementia Care Project is part of our promise to leave something that is sustainable in the community in terms of developing services,” he says.

The Koori Dementia Care Project will train Aboriginal dementia educators and develop community education tools, with the aim of:

  • increasing awareness and knowledge of dementia in the community
  • increasing the acceptance and uptake of community services for people living with dementia and their families
  • improving the timely diagnosis of dementia in the community

National Close the Gap Day is a celebration of Australia’s commitment to reducing Indigenous disadvantage with respect to health and life expectancy.

The Koori Dementia Care Project, a follow on from the Koori Growing Old Well Study, will also run in four other Aboriginal communities in NSW, including:

  • Tharawal – Campbelltown
  • Durri – Kempsey
  • Gummbaynggirr – Nambucca and Coffs Harbour