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Project NameA grounded theory study of the experiences of people newly diagnosed with dementia to inform person centred planning in dementia care
Team ContactSheridan Read | email
Project Aims

The study aims to change perceptions of people within the community, as the consumer voice is encouraged and the realisation that people with dementia can and do have the right to make decisions regarding their future.

The purpose of this study is to develop a substantive theory that describes the experiences of people newly diagnosed with dementia to inform services of the person centred care demands required by this group of older Australians to enhance their quality of life and capacity to remain in the community.

To achieve this, the study aims to provide health professionals and policy makers with greater understanding of the experiences and expectations of people newly diagnosed with dementia, including their perspective of how these will evolve over time.

The objectives of this study are to:

  1. Explore and describe the experiences of people newly diagnosed with dementia.

  2. Identify factors that impact on this experience.

  3. Develop a substantive theory that describes the experiences and expectations of people recently diagnosed with dementia.

  4. Set findings of the study within context of existing literature.

Project Methods

The researcher who will collect the data is a registered nurse who has over ten years' experience in working with people with dementia.

Data will be collected from people with dementia (and family carers if decided) in a relaxed environment via semi structured interviews. All interviews will be conducted in an environment chosen by the participant.

Information sheets about the study will be given to people with dementia (and family carers if they are interviewed).

Separate information sheets have been created for family carers who will not be asked to be interviewed.

Interviews will be audio recorded in digital format. In addition field notes will be taken. At the commencement of the interview demographic information will be collected.

Participation Commitment
Other Information

People newly diagnosed with dementia.

If you wish to be involved in this study, please contact Sheridan Read at

Recruitment and Data Collection – February 2014 to June 2016.


Permission to conduct the study has been obtained from Curtin University’s Human Research Ethics Committee
This project is not funded by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres.
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Project NameCommunity Aging in Place: Advancing Better Living for Elders with Cognitive Impairment (CAPABLE-C)
RegionNew South Wales
Team ContactDr Alexandra Young |Sydney Nursing School ph 91144084 | email:
Project Aims

This study will investigate a novel bio-environmental program called CAPABLE-C, aimed at improving self-care ability, mobility, medication management, pain, cognition, and depression.

It is an international collaboration led by Prof Yun-Hee Jeon involving researchers from the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, and Johns Hopkins University.


Project Methods

CAPABLE-C integrates proven strategies into a comprehensive, person-centered, home-based intervention with a goal to enhance functioning.

Participation Commitment

To be eligible for this study you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be aged 65 years or over

  • Have early stage (mild) dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

  • Have difficulty with one or more activities of daily living and/or two or more instrumental activities of daily living

  • Be a pensioner

  • Be able to stand with or without assistance

  • Live within 25km of Sydney CBD

  • Have conversational English

  • Have a caregiver who lives with the client, or has at least four days or 7 hours per week contact with the client

Other Information

Recruitment: February to June 2015

For more information or if you wish to participate, please contact: Dr Alexandra Young at Sydney Nursing School on 9114 4084 or email

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Project NameExamining use of advance care directives by registered nurses for individuals with dementia living in residential accommodation
RegionOnline Survey
Team ContactMr Vivian Masukwedza - Principal Investigator
Project Aims

The aim of this study is to understand and explain how Registered Nurses use Advance Care Directives (ACDs) for individuals with dementia living in residential accommodation. The specific objectives are to identify factors which promote and prevent the:

i) introduction of ACDs to individuals with dementia living in residential accommodation.

ii) completion of ACDs by individuals with dementia living in residential accommodation; and

iii) adherence to the directions of ACDs completed by individuals with dementia living in residential accommodation.

Project Methods

An anonymous online survey

Participation Commitment

Participants are invited to complete an online survey about their experiences with Advanced Care Directives.

It is estimated that this survey will take around 10-15 minutes. The survey is anonymous.

Other Information

Study from the University of Wollongong (School of Nursing) seeking nurses who work with persons who have dementia in residential aged care --- This study has been given Human Research Ethics Approval from the University of Wollongong (Approval No. HE14/394)

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Project NameImplementation and dissemination of the evidence-based management principles of the BPSD Guide
Team ContactKim Burns (email:
Project Aims


This project is recruiting health professionals and sites interested in improving their knowledge and skills in behaviour management in dementia.

In-service training and evaluation packages have been developed to support the dissemination of the document: Behaviour Management – A Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)This BPSD Guide is part of the suite of resources which can be accessed on the Program Resource Page.

The aim of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the in-service packages to increase knowledge of the evidence-based principles of the BPSD Guide. The packages are available to assist appropriately skilled clinicians to deliver training in their workplace.


This project is part of the BPSD Guide - Development, Dissemination and Evaluation program.

Project Methods

The in-service packages have been designed to be presented by clinicians experienced in providing care to persons with dementia and the management of BPSD. Each package is consistent with a specific module of the BPSD Guide and includes:

  • PowerPoint presentation with facilitators’ notes to assist in delivery
  • Facilitators’ lesson plan
  • Two versions of participants’ pre and post knowledge questionnaires for nursing/allied health professionals and direct care staff
  • Participants’ evaluation questionnaire
  • Certificate of completion for participants

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Participation Commitment

Facilitators delivering an in-service session will ask participants to complete brief pre and post knowledge and evaluation questionnaires. These questionnaires will be collected at the time of completion and returned via reply-paid envelopes (provided). All responses are anonymous and will not be linked to an individual.

Other Information

Contact Kim Burns for packages, including reply-paid envelopes. A report of change in participants’ knowledge, based on the data collected can be provided if this is useful for reporting purposes.

Ethics approval for this evaluation project has been provided by UNSW HREA Panel, Ref: 9_14_043.

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Project NameResidential Placement Transitions: Understanding the Experiences of Carers of People with Dementia
Team ContactDr Elaine Fielding or Mr Mitchell McMaster | email: tel: 07 3138 3852
Project Aims

This project has two main aims:

  1. Describe the process of transition to permanent residential placement of the person with dementia from their family carer’s point of view.
  2. Understand what factors affect carers' experience of the transition to residential care of the person with dementia they care for.
Project Methods
Do you care for a family member with dementia who has recently been admitted for
permanent care or is on the waiting list?


We invite you to take part in this NATIONAL SURVEY about the transition into permanent care and your experiences.

You can take part by online survey or a telephone interview.

Click here for a Participant Information Sheet



Participation Commitment

Participation requires completion of two surveys, at two timepoints (about a month apart). The surveys can be done online (via the internet) or over the phone (interview style).

Can anyone take part?

There will be an initial screen for eligibility - this will occur in the first questions of the online survey or during the first phone call.

How long will the survey take?

  • The first survey will take up to 25 minutes online (40 minutes on the phone)
  • The second survey will be a bit shorter and take up to 15 minutes online (25 minutes on the phone).

This project will not require participants to have direct face-to-face contact with the research team, or to travel to any specific place.

Are there any risks?

This project is by survey only - it has been reviewed and approved by an ethics committee and is considered to be of low and negligible risk to participants.

Participants may experience mental fatigue whilst completing answering the questions, although breaks as appropriate are encouraged. It is possible that some of the questions asked might also contribute to minor emotional distress.

Does participation involved payment?

No renumeration offered.

This project has been reviewed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Queensland University of Technology review: QUT HREC Approval No. 1300000654

Other Information

Eligible participants for this project include:

  • A carer for a person with dementia who has moved into permanent residential care within the last 3 months;

  • A carer for a person with dementia who is on the waiting list for placement into residential care.
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Project NameThe perceived and actual risk of Alzheimer's disease across the full adult lifespan
Team ContactDr Joanna Brooks ph 0428223574 email:
Project Aims

The current study, entitled 'the perceived and actual risk of Alzheimer’s disease across the full adult lifespan', is being conducted by researchers at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University.

The purpose of the study is to understand how people perceive their risk of Alzheimer's disease (i.e., low, medium, high) and to explore whether this perception is related to actual risk. We are looking for healthy ageing male and female participants over the age of 18 years.

Project Methods

The main study involves the voluntary completion of an online questionnaire which takes 15-20 minutes in total. You can access the questionnaire by requesting a unique ID code from the researcher, Dr Joanna Brooks (Dementia Collaborative Research Centre Research Fellow)

After completing the online questionnaire, you will immediately receive a written personalised Alzheimer's disease risk profile which you can save, download and print out.

As part of the risk profile we will provide you with suggestions for modifying your risk (if any) and invite you to further discuss your risk with the researcher if you would like to.

Participation Commitment
Participants must be aged over 18 years with access to a computer and the internet since the main study (approximately 20 minutes) is completed online.
Project participation will involve an online questionnaire that will take approximately 15-20 minutes.
Other Information
This project seeking participants from the following areas:
  • Organisational level (e.g. entire residential aged care facility),
  • Service Providers or care networks,

  • Health professionals,

  • Carers / families of persons with dementia ,

  • Anybody (e.g. 'at risk' or healthy members of the public)

There is a comprehensive participant information sheet for your perusal – please take the time to read this. Once you have read the participant information sheet, if you are still happy to take part you can contact the researcher for further information.
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Project NameTranscranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to enhance outcomes from computer facilitated cognitive training in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
RegionNew South Wales
Team ContactDr Adith Mohan ( / Donel Martin (tel: 02-9382-9261)
Project Aims

To investigate

1) whether computer-facilitated cognitive training (CFCT) combined with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) will produce greater generalisation effects on non-trained tasks than CFCT alone and

2) whether beneficial effects from CFCT combined with tDCS are maintained over time.


Recent brain stimulation research suggests that mild brain stimulation (i.e., tDCS) when given during performance of a cognitive (memory) task in a single session improves performance. Also patients who have had a stroke learn how to do certain 'hands-on' tasks better when participants receive a course of brain stimulation treatment. There is also research that shows computerised brain training benefits people with memory problems (i.e. MCI or Mild Cognitive Impairment).

This study aims to further extend this research by determining whether mild brain stimulation with tDCS, when combined with computerised brain training can enhance memory and daily functioning, compared with computer brain training alone, in patients with mild memory problems (i.e.MCI).


Project Methods

This study proposes to investigate in a direct comparison, whether mild brain stimulation of the frontal lobes with tDCS combined with computerised brain training improves memory performance compared with computerised brain training alone.

This study is designed to compare two groups of participants directly with one another by comparing their performance on memory tests through the course of the trial. Both groups will have the computer brain training sessions, though only one will have the mild brain stimulation in addition to this. The other group will have 'sham' stimulation. This is to say they will have the electrodes placed on but will not have the actual current delivered like the other group.

Participants will not know which group they have been assigned to, nor will the research team member that assesses their performance on tests. In other words, this study is a 'randomised, double blind, sham-controlled' clinical trial.

Participation Commitment

What is expected of you as a participant?

1) To answer some questions about your health and memory on the telephone.
This is the initial telephone screen

2) To then attend the Prince of Wales hospital, Randwick for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility for the trial. This will take approximately an hour, and is only done once

3) If eligible, to attend the Black Dog Institute in Randwick for 15 sessions over 5-6 weeks.
Each session involves

  • computer brain training with or without mild brain stimulation and
  • lasts about 45 mins

4) Not to drive for 4 hours after the first session, and for half an hour after subsequent sessions

5) To return for final follow up 3 months after your last session

Other Information

Recruiting persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment i.e people who experience mild difficulties with their memory but are otherwise functioning well in their day to day activities. You may be eligible participate in this study if you are:

  • Concerned about your memory

  • Aged between 60 and 80 years

People with MCI experience mild difficulties with their memory but are otherwise functioning well in their day to day activities. Usually the individual notices that their memory has recently become worse compared to a few years before. They may experience more difficulty remembering names, appointments or where they put something. People with MCI are at increased risk of future dementia

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Project NameWhat is "A Good Day Out"? Working towards optimal day centre respite care and ways to measure it.
Team ContactDr Elaine Fielding | ph 07 3138 5772 | email:
Project Aims

Do you care for a family member with dementia

If you are a family carer of a person living with dementia in the community (that is, not in a residential aged care facility) you are invited to take part in a national survey about day centre respite care and your needs. 

Day respite providers want to deliver the best care possible, but may lack the relevant dementia-specific attitudes, knowledge, skills, tools and training to be able to do so. This study will provide an essential tool for services to move towards optimal care and providing “a good day out” every day.

Project Methods

Survey online or over the phone

Participation Commitment

Taking part in this study is voluntary.  

All information gathered is confidential. 

QUT Ethics Approval Number 1500000561.

Other Information

We want to hear your experiences and opinions.

You do not need to have used respite services to take the survey.

The survey can be taken online or by telephone and is called “What is ‘A Good Day Out’?- Working Towards Optimal Day Centre Respite Care and Ways to Measure It”.

To take the survey online 

click on the link to the right

To take the survey by phone

contact Katy Wyles at 07 3138 3852

or via email at



To learn more about the survey read the Participant Information Sheet (click image on left)

or contact Dr Elaine Fielding at 07 3138 5772 or via email at

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