Boosting the utility of a dementia screening tool with First Nations peoples

Published on Wednesday, 15 March 2023 at 9:00:00 AM

This national project, working in collaboration with research and service partners, aims to build on the strengths of the Indigenous dementia screening tool (KICA) and address any gaps in implementation to increase its application for older First Nations people. 
Working with Elders and project partners, including Aboriginal community-controlled health services, tertiary hospitals, and training organisations, the research will build on the strengths of the tool to identify education and implementation gaps, co-design training and explore digital and telehealth adaptations to improve access and service use in urban, rural and remote regions nationwide.
“It is critical that we improve dementia detection and early diagnosis and supports for our Elders.  Elders are not only community leaders, but knowledge keepers and living libraries. They are custodians of culture, carers of country and educators for all. The highly valued Elder role safeguards the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, " says Lead Investigator Dr Kate Smith.
Lead Investigator, Dr Smith is delighted to be working with project partners, Dementia Training Australia, Derby Aboriginal Health Service, Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, Royal Perth Hospital, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and WA Country Health Service.

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