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Released today, the survey sought views from consumers (people with dementia, their family and personal carers), researchers (new and established), medical practitioners and aged care providers around Australia.
The results will be used to inform the research agenda of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research – a major component of the Australian Government’s $200 million Dementia Research Boost.
NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said it was clear that urgent solutions need to be found to combat the growing problem dementia poses to current and future generations of older Australians.
“The NHMRC has reached out to consumers, researchers, medical practitioners and aged care providers to ask them what they think is most important and which areas they believe should be prioritised for research through this dementia initiative,” he said.
“Their feedback is essential to ensuring that the research undertaken through this initiative addresses the most pressing concerns and greatest needs of people with dementia and those who care for them.”
The top dementia research and translation priorities identified through the survey and interviews were:
The new NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research will be established in the first half of 2015 and will be responsible for targeting, coordinating and translating the national dementia research effort. Two rounds of grants have already been announced under the Dementia Research Boost, including the Dementia Team Research Grants worth $32.5 million and the NHMRC-Australian Research Council fellowships worth up to $46 million, announced earlier this month.
View the results of the NHMRC’s dementia priority setting survey at: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/research/boosting-dementia-research-initiative/nhmrc-consultation-dementia-research-priorities
NHMRC media release
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