Prof Elizabeth Beattie

As summer winds down I warmly welcome you to our March 2012 e-newsletter on behalf of the three DCRC directors: Professor Kaarin Anstey (DCRC: Early Diagnosis and Prevention), Professor Henry Brodaty (DCRC:) Assessment and Better Care and myself ( DCRC: Carers and Consumers)

As the DCRCs mature outcomes from projects are increasing, a number of projects are still in progress and we have made important steps forward in bringing research findings to the broader community of clinicians, carers and people living with dementia. In this newsletter we profile several important projects relating respectively to pain, care planning in residential aged care and the collection of cerebro-spinal fluid from people with dementia for research purposes.

The management of pain for people with dementia is a pervasive theme. Building on work led by Professor Rhonda Nay (LaTrobe University and DCRC: Carers and Consumers) the topic was addressed by Cathie Edgar, Sharon Wall and Dr Tom White at the very successful initial Knowledge Transfer Workshop held in Melbourne late last year in collaboration with the Dementia Training and Study Centres. Associate Professor Jun- Hee Jeon (Sydney University and DCRC: Assessment and Better Care) has explored the potential of data collected in the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), designed as a funding guide for residential aged care facilities, to be used to inform the important issue of nursing care planning to assist residents experiencing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Dr. Andrea Wilson (Edith Cowan University and DCRC: Early Diagnosis and Prevention post-doctoral fellow) has undertaken an important literature review focused on the use of cerebrospinal fluid and related issues. These three projects are illustrative of the diversity of work fostered by this initiative and are but a tantalising snapshot of what the future holds as more projects are completed.

I’m pleased to be able to introduce the new Centre Manager of DCRC: Carers and Consumers, Jill McLean. Jill is a University of Queensland-educated social worker and comes to us with a strong history of project management and policy development, implementation and change management in the Queensland State Government, particularly Queensland Health. We are delighted to have her expertise!

Enjoy reading this newsletter, which represents our everyday efforts as a dementia research community to make differences that change lives.

See you at Forum in September in the nation’s capital.



Other stories from this edition of Dementia Research News:

Director's report and welcome from Prof Elizabeth Beattie

Examining the use of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)

The use of biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease

Pain and Pain Management for RACF and Community Settings


News in brief:

Diagnosing mild cognitive impairment in linguistic minorities

Scholarship opportunity with the DCRC

Managing Depression Growing Older

Drug reduces amyloid plaques in mice

Self-harm in older adults

Save the date: DCRC National Dementia Research Forum