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Alzheimer’s WA works in collaboration with local, national and international researchers and Universities. We partner with research organisations to further our knowledge and develop evidence for best practice, treatment and service outcomes in relation to the care and support of people living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s WA provides information to its members and dementia advocates network on the latest research taking place and raises awareness of the opportunity to participate in research studies being undertaken.

Our dementia expertise can add a valuable contribution to research projects and our staff may provide reference group membership or associate investigator/chief investigator roles to strengthen the collaboration in projects.

At Alzheimer’s WA we have a key interest in knowledge translation and ensuring new evidence is informing our client services, our education and workforce development programs and the capacity building consultancy services we provide.

If you would like to discuss a research partnership with Alzheimer’s WA, please contact: Jason Burton – Head of Dementia Practice and Innovation.

Recent research partners include:

Research Partner LogosPromoting Independence Through Quality Dementia Care at Home (PITCH Study)

Alzheimer’s WA is pleased to be a partner in a new research study looking at improving dementia specialist training for community support workers. The National Ageing Research Institute has won a major NHMRC grant to develop and test an evidence-based dementia specialist training program for community dementia care.

Known as PITCH, the project aims to directly benefit people with dementia and their carers by upskilling home-care workers to provide care that promotes independence, improves quality of life and reduces family carers’ burden.

Seventy percent of Australians with dementia live in the community and, of these, 84% are estimated to have a severe or profound disability. The quality of home care they receive directly influences their life quality and ability to remain independent.

“Providing home care is challenging as support workers often work in isolation with little direct supervision, in varied environments, and in sometimes highly stressful situations, therefore needing higher levels of skills and situational adaptability,” Dr Briony Dow said.

For more information on this study please view the PITCH poster.

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