This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) aims to provide funding for culturally appropriate research that specifically addresses dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (referred to as ‘Indigenous Australians’ for the purposes of this TCR) and the impact on their families and carers.
Dementia is one of the biggest health problems facing Australia. Dementia is experienced by Indigenous Australians at a much higher rate, and with an earlier onset, when compared to non-indigenous Australians. A relative lack of research directly focussed on Indigenous Australians living with dementia (and their families and carers), coupled with a lack of culturally appropriate diagnostic tools, has resulted in poor recognition of dementia within Indigenous communities and among health care workers and service providers. This has had major implications for the provision of timely and culturally appropriate health services.
Research supported through this call will:
- expand capacity in Indigenous dementia research, and Indigenous health research generally
- support research into health and dementia care services for Indigenous Australians
- translate research findings into better and culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians at risk of developing, or living with, dementia, and their families and carers.
Funding outcomes were announced by the Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, on 23 April 2018.