Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant success
The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, announced funding to support research focused on innovative solutions in hearing and vision for people living with dementia.
A cross-disciplinary team led by Associate Professor Piers Dawes from the Macquarie University, Department of Linguistics was awarded $1.2 million for research into effective ways to support people with hearing or vision problems who are also living with dementia in residential aged care.
Hearing and vision impairments are common among this population, yet their needs often go unsupported, deteriorating their quality of life and independence, causing social isolation, and compounding the impacts of dementia. Professor Johanna Westbrook from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Professor Ralph Martins from the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Dr Yuanyuan Gu from the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy are chief investigators on the project, which will work alongside people with dementia, aged care providers and hearing and vision professionals to enable better ways of identifying and supporting hearing and vision needs.
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