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DAMPAA Brain Health Program celebrates milestone with partner
Posted 09 May 2024 DAMPAA Brain Health Program celebrates milestone with partner

Dr Kate Smith, Research Lead and Alex Lalovic from the DAMPAA team attended an Elders health lifestyle education and yarning event at partner organisation Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation.

Best practice models of care for First Nations published
Posted 05 March 2024 Best practice models of care for First Nations published

Congratulations to our Master's student Caleb Rivers on his first authored paper.  This is a substantial achievement in his research journey.  Thanks to all who supported him with this work. His paper titled "Best practice models of aged-care implemented for First Nations people: a systematic review aligned with the Good Spirit Good life quality of life principles", was published in BMC Geriatrics.

Top researchers recognised in Vice-Chancellor awards
Posted 20 November 2023 Top researchers recognised in Vice-Chancellor awards

The University of Western Australia’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Amit Chakma has honoured inspiring researchers in the annual Research Awards.

Study investigates link between Indigenous hearing loss and mental health
Posted 20 October 2023 Study investigates link between Indigenous hearing loss and mental health

New funding will enable researchers to undertake the first study of its kind to investigate how untreated hearing loss could increase the risk of mental-health issues and dementia in Indigenous people.

Research student named as finalist in 2023 Premier’s Science Awards
Posted 21 July 2023 Research student named as finalist in 2023 Premier’s Science Awards

Congratulations to Lianne Gilchrist who is a finalist in the 2023 Western Australian Premier’s awards in the Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year category.

Research findings presented at the 3rd International Indigenous Health &
Posted 22 June 2023 Research findings presented at the 3rd International Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Conference

Our postgraduate research students and research trainee recently presented at the 3rd International Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Conference in Cairns. Their research findings were very well received. Congratulations to Lianne Gilchrist Master student, Caleb Rivers Research trainee, Lyn Yappo Research officer and Kevin Taylor.

Boosting the utility of a dementia screening tool with First Nations
Posted 15 March 2023 Boosting the utility of a dementia screening tool with First Nations peoples

A national project team led by Dr Kate Smith have been awarded $1.97 million to support a vital health research project, under the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund.

Opportunities for emerging researchers to spread the good news of ageing
Posted 23 November 2022 Opportunities for emerging researchers to spread the good news of ageing well

Opportunities for emerging researchers to spread the good news at the Australian Association of Gerontology conference

Roadmap to address Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities
Posted 23 September 2022 Roadmap to address Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities

The NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation which was developed through extensive community consultation and through the leadership of co-chairs Dr Kate Smith and Professor Dawn Bessarab.

Federal funding to help improve the wellbeing of older Aboriginal and
Posted 01 November 2021 Federal funding to help improve the wellbeing of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Research to improve the health and wellbeing of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people received funding of $2.5 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council Centres of Research Excellence (NHMRC).

A new resource to improve quality of life for older Aboriginal people
Posted 19 July 2021 A new resource to improve quality of life for older Aboriginal people

Dr Kate Smith and her colleagues from The University of Western Australia have launched a free resource package to support health professionals, aged-care providers and policy-makers to measure and optimise the quality of life of older Aboriginal Australians.

Improved wellbeing, a research project supporting unpaid carers. Strong
Posted 19 July 2021 Improved wellbeing, a research project supporting unpaid carers. Strong Carers Strong Communities.

This research project is the first to address the needs of carers of older people with cognitive impairment and disabilities in remote Kimberley Aboriginal communities. The project found a significant decrease in carer’s depression scores when they participated in regular support meetings. Education session also improved wellbeing for unpaid carers.

UWA researchers awarded $2.5 million for dementia prevention
Posted 07 May 2020 UWA researchers awarded $2.5 million for dementia prevention

A research team led by Dr Kate Smith at The University of Western Australia has been awarded $2.5 million in federal funding to reduce the prevalence of dementia in Aboriginal Australians

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