Professor G A (Tony) Broe AM

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Senior Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA Conjoint Professor of Geriatric Medicine, UNSW

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Professor Tony Broe graduated in social science (Anthropology, Geography) and Medicine from the University of Sydney. He trained in General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Neurology in Sydney, Glasgow and the Mayo Clinic (1966 to 1973). He was head of the University Clinical School and the Department of Neurosciences at Lidcombe Hospital (1975 to 1985); Prof of Geriatric Medicine at Concord Hospital and University of Sydney (1985 to 1999) and University of NSW (1999-2016). He has published some 200 papers, 20 Book Chapters and 4 Books on neuroepidemiology, neurodegenerative disorders and Aboriginal health & ageing. He has set up Health Services in Neurosciences, Aged Care, Community Health & Aboriginal Health. Tony is currently SPRF at Neuroscience Research Australia (2000 to 2016).

Projects Professor G A (Tony) Broe AM is currently involved with

CURRENT PROJECTS

Koori Dementia Care Project

The Koori Dementia Care Project (KDCP) aims to inform, educate and build capacity in urban and regional NSW Aboriginal communities, and with associated service providers, about the effects of dementia on older Aboriginal people and their families.

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Koori Dementia Care Project

Innovative approaches to prevent falls in older people

Physical exercise training has been the primary focus of single interventions trials to reduce falls and advance healthy ageing. However, high attrition rates suggest that current approaches are not sufficient to guarantee long-term adherence to exercise in the majority of older adults.

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Innovative approaches to prevent falls in older people

Koori Active and Healthy Ageing Project

“Healthy ageing is your mind staying young” – Koori Growing Old Well Study participant

 

Healthy Ageing calls for cognitively, physically and socially active lifestyles. The current project seeks to recognise existing community strengths but work to enhance participation and engagement, provide new resources specific to healthy ageing and develop an accessible platform for rolling out this intervention to diverse older people and communities, enabling widespread benefit. We will trial a cutting-edge approach to advance healthy ageing with implications for many Australians to benefit, particularly older Aboriginal people.

The project examines how to implement evidence based healthy ageing programs in urban and regional Aboriginal communities. Elders play a vital role in Indigenous communities, providing leadership, caring for family, and transmitting cultural knowledge and practices. However, the health, well-being and quality of life of the increasing numbers of older Indigenous people, are threatened by high rates of dementia, falls and depression. Novel culturally-safe approaches are needed to better engage and support Indigenous peoples in terms of healthy ageing. This research will develop and evaluate effective, culturally appropriate, and accessible strategies to promote healthy ageing in Aboriginal communities. It will also investigate whether and how resilience related to social and cultural cohesion can protect well-being in Indigenous communities.

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Koori Active and Healthy Ageing Project

Koori Growing Old Well Study

The primary aim of a proposed longitudinal study is to find the reasons for the high dementia rates (three times non-Indigenous rates) in urban/regional Aboriginal people.

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Koori Growing Old Well Study

RESEARCH TEAM

GAIL DAYLIGHT Aboriginal Dementia Education Officer (PT)

SANDRA FORSTER Admin Officer (PT)

PUBLICATIONS

Use of tricyclic antidepressants and other anticholinergic medicines by older Aboriginal Australians: association with negative health outcomes.

Mate K, Kerr K, Priestley A, Weaver N, Broe GA, Daylight G, Draper B, Cumming R, Robinson-Kingi H, Delbaere K, Radford K

Clinically significant ACB was common in older Aboriginal Australians and was largely attributable to inappropriate use of tricyclic antidepressants. Greater awareness of medication-related risk factors among both health care professionals and Aboriginal communities can play an important role in improving health and quality of life outcomes.

Factors Associated with the High Prevalence of Dementia in Older Aboriginal Australians.

Radford K, Lavrencic LM, Delbaere K, Draper B, Cumming R, Daylight G, Mack HA, Chalkley S, Bennett H, Garvey G, Hill TY, Lasschuit D, Broe GA

Development and initial validation of the Retrospective Indigenous Childhood Enrichment scale (RICE).

Minogue C, Delbaere K, Radford K, Broe T, Forder WS, Lah S

The RICE is, to our knowledge, the first standardized measure that assesses the level of childhood environmental stimulation in older Aboriginal Australians. This could provide an important supplementary measure, in addition to formal education, to investigate cognitive reserve and dementia risk in this population and enhance understanding of the links between childhood experiences and late-life cognitive decline.

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