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AU$25m boost for dementia research

Dementia research is to benefit from AU$25 million funding for a Partnership Centre focusing on better outcomes for the condition.

The National Health and Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Australia, Brightwater Care Group, HammondCare Group and Helping Hand Aged Care will together commit up to AU$5m a year over the next five years for the centre, it was announced on 24 December.

The centre will support collaboration between healthcare workers and researchers in a bid to improve clinical interventions, social care and community support for dementia and related functional decline.

It will rely on expertise in disciplines such as health services and public health policy research, sociology, economics, psychology and clinical practice expertise.

A call for a cross-jurisdictional investigative team to undertake the work plan of the centre has also been announced.

The successful team, to be announced during the fist half of 2012, will investigate supportive care in the home, the community and long-term care institutions.

Five other centres are planned to tackle key health priorities.