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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Ms Kim Burns

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DCRC role / affiliation

DCRC-ABC, Research Officer


Kim's background as a clinical nurse specialist in psychogeriatrics has led to her work in dementia research.

Since commencing work with Professor Henry Brodaty at the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry at the Prince of Wales Hospital in 2004, Kim has been involved in various research projects. These include the Sydney Stroke Study, the Memory and Ageing Study, the Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE) pilot study, establishing the PRIME memory clinic database, the Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care project (EBPRAC) and the Assessment of DEpression for QUAlIty CarE Study (ADEQUACIES).

As a registered psychologist, Kim's roles have also included working in multiple clinical trials for dementia with the Sydney Centre for Clinical Cognitive Research and the Behavioural Assessment Intervention and Services (BASIS) position. Recently, Kim has worked as a research officer for the DCRC-ABC team on the DoHA funded project to review and update the Behaviour Management Guide to Good Practice for Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) clinicians.