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College of Medicine and Dentistry Research Project Portal Strengthening primary health care to promote healthy ageing and reduce risk factors associated with dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Strengthening primary health care to promote healthy ageing and reduce risk factors associated with dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

About the project

Dementia can be difficult for people and their family and caregivers. Studies show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a three to five times higher risk of dementia than non-Indigenous people, occurring at a younger age (45+). Health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, and lifestyle factors such as smoking, and obesity increase the risk of dementia. The aim of this study is to work with Aboriginal health services to strengthen healthy ageing and dementia prevention services for their communities. Goals Identify people’s understanding of dementia and the risk factors Identify what could be done to decrease risk factors Work with Aboriginal Medical Services to look at these risk factors. Interventions will be put in place that are cost-effective, sustainable, affordable, evidence based and are culturally appropriate. For more information on this project visit the Health Ageing Research Team (HART) website.

More information

Field of research Geriatrics; Health services ; Rural and Indigenous health
Project location JCU Cairns
Eligible student HDR only; extra-curricular; honours
Project activities literature
Does this project require patient contact yes
Does this project require patient data no
Project timeframe Project funded until July 2025

Application process

If you are interested in this project and meet the prerequisites click the button below to email Yvonne Hornby-Turner attach a copy of your resume and include this and that information