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Engaging with the public to prevent dementia

Population ageing is leading to an increasing number of people living with cognitive impairment and dementia. Growing research indicates that midlife is an important life stage to target modifiable dementia risk factors. Targeting this group presents the challenges of a high proportion of individuals in full time work, with family caring responsibilities, who may not see future brain health as a priority. This research will focus on how to engage Australian adults, across a range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to reduce dementia risk. Methodology may include surveys and focus groups to explore perceived social and environmental influences, motivators and barriers to change behaviour to reduce dementia risk. This research is an important step to develop lifestyle interventions and population health strategies, based on the latest scientific evidence, to reduce dementia risk during midlife.

Project supervisor(s)

Dr Helen Macpherson

This project would suit applicants with a background in psychology or other health sciences with an interest in science communication and health behaviour change.

Applicants should have a minimum of upper second class honours or the equivalent as outlined on the research degrees and master’s entry pathways page.

We will work with suitably qualified applicants to apply for scholarship funding. Find out about available scholarships

 

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