The Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). The partnership will ensure that the full trajectory of dementia research, including dementia prevention, early detection, and end of life care is covered in any future ADNeT programs across all three main initiatives (Registry, Memory Clinics, and Screening and Trials Initiative).
The only independent Medical Research Institute (iMRI) devoted to research on ageing and aged care, NARI has approximately 55 multidisciplinary researchers delivering multiple concurrent research and consultancy projects.
NARI is an expert in co-design methods and principles, with national and internationally renowned co-design expertise, which will ensure that ADNeT outcomes are strategically delivered in line with the priorities of all stakeholders, who will be authentically involved at all stages. A recent example of this is the National Aged Care Research Roundtable, where in collaboration with the Department of Health, NARI worked with experts to identify the priority research areas for Australia’s aged care reform.
Professor Briony Dow, Director of NARI said, “NARI’s membership of ADNeT will complement both existing and future ADNeT initiatives, through our multidisciplinary research program and demonstrated research strengths in dementia research, including with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will also bring our expertise in stigma reduction, cross sector collaboration and research translation into policy and practice.”
ADNeT Ltd Chair Professor Graeme Samuel welcomed the new partnership saying, “NARI provides an invaluable resource of translational research with a particular focus on care for those living with dementia. This is an important complement to the other vital stream of research which focusses on seeking cures for the disease of dementia in all its forms. The unique collaboration of researchers across the broad spectrum of research into cure and care, inherent in ADNeT, offers real hope for those living with dementia and their loved ones.”
ADNeT Director Professor Chris Rowe looks forward to productively collaborating with NARI to ensure that the needs, opinions, and preferences of people living with dementia and their care partners are prominent and elevated in the Australian dementia research and care landscape. Professor Rowe said that “NARI as an ADNeT partner complements and strengthens ADNeT’s commitment to holistic dementia research across early diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care.”