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).
GAIL DAYLIGHT Aboriginal Dementia Education Officer (PT)
SANDRA FORSTER Admin Officer (PT)
High rates of dementia have been observed in Aboriginal Australians. This study aimed to describe childhood stress in older Aboriginal Australians and to examine associations with late-life health and dementia. Childhood stress appears to have a significant impact on emotional health and dementia for older Aboriginal Australians. The ongoing effects of childhood stress need to be recognized as people grow older, particularly in terms of dementia prevention and care, as well as in populations with greater exposure to childhood adversity, such as Aboriginal Australians.
The MMSE is an effective cognitive screening tool in urban Aboriginal populations. The mKICA is a good alternative when illiteracy, language or cultural considerations deem it appropriate. The RUDAS also has adequate validity in this population.
Consistent with previous findings in a remote population, urban and regional Aboriginal Australians face high rates of dementia at younger ages, most commonly Alzheimer's dementia.