Hannah is currently completing her Honours year. Her thesis is titled ‘Mild Cognitive Impairment: the biomedical and sociocultural risk factors in urban Aboriginal Australians.’
This project is looking to identify the risk factors that are associated with and that predict the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment in the Aboriginal Australian population. Mild cognitive impairment is a diagnostic entity described as ‘the intermediate stage between normal aging and dementia.’ Indeed, people diagnosed with this condition face a 5 times greater risk of developing dementia each year. In this context, through identifying relevant life-course risk factors, this project offers the potential to provide early intervention targets for dementia prevention.