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$21 million for dementia research

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The Government will provide $21 million for 13 research projects that will focus on risk reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia, Australia’s second leading cause of death.

This brings the total investment under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Boosting Dementia Research Grant scheme to $200 million.

Two dementia research projects at the new National Centre for Healthy Ageing at Peninsula Health-Monash University will receive a share in support from the Government.

The Frankston campus based projects, one of which, will be the first in Australia to use electronic record data to develop ways of monitoring the prevalence of dementia.

The $600,000 grant to Monash University researchers will use the unique aspects of the Peninsula region to conduct a pilot study for a program that will be rolled out across Victoria and nationally if successful.

The aim of the project is to provide a way to monitor dementia and its risk factors, resulting in the better management and treatment of the condition.

$2 million has also been allocated to the University for a study designed to prevent and reduce the risk of developing dementia in 45-65 year olds.

The study will be carried out across NSW and Victoria with a view to develop an individualised health promotion programme, comprising of self-management training, practical behaviour change techniques and GP-coordinated interdisciplinary management of dementia risk factors.

The need for investment in research to develop new treatments and to improve dementia care is evident.

Without a medical breakthrough, it is predicted that more than 1.1 million Australians will be living with dementia by 2056.

We’re committed to ensuring Australians of all ages have access to the support they need to face life’s challenges.

This important support is in addition to the $185 million Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care 10 year mission funded through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Our Government is able to provide unprecedented levels of support to health and medical research because of our strong economic management.

Source: Australian Government

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