Welcome to the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration 

The Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC) were established in 2006 under the Government’s Dementia Initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing after a competitive tender process. The three centres ('hubs') based at UNSW, ANU and QUT had many collaborative partners around Australia.  In 2011, administration of the DCRCs was transferred to the NHMRC and in 2016 respons ibility shifted to the newly established NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR)

Under the NNIDR the 3 DCRC centres have been unified and renamed the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) while retaining the 3 ‘hubs’. Alzheimer’s Australia is the auspicing body for the NNIDR and NHMRC has responsibility for outputs.

This new framework will serve to grow partnerships and strengthen ties with consumers and service providers, Dementia Training Australia and Dementia Support Australia in order to progress prevention, assessment, care and translation of knowledge into everyday practice, as well as building the next generation of dementia researchers. 
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Prof Laurie Brown

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DCRC role / affiliation

DCRC-EDP, Principal Investigator

Other roles / affiliations

Research Director, Health, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, University of Canberra


Laurie Brown joined NATSEM in September 2001, having worked for the past eight years as a lecturer and senior lecturer in the School of Geosciences, University of Wollongong, where she taught urban geography, population and health studies.

Prior to this, Laurie worked as a health services researcher and epidemiologist with the Lipid and Diabetes Research Group, at the Christchurch School of Medicine in New Zealand. Laurie plays a leading role in NATSEM's health modelling and related projects.

She has over fifteen years experience in public policy research, particularly in relation to health and the impacts of social change and economic restructuring.

Her current research interests include diabetes epidemiology, the corporate transformation (privatisation) of Australian hospitals, impacts of the 'greying' of Australia's population on demand for health services, and the provision of and accessibility to health services in rural and remote Australia.

Laurie has published numerous papers in both international and national refereed social science and medical journals, and has authored a number of monographs and technical reports.