From the Director, Prof Chris Rowe

  Welcome to our September issue of the ADNeT Newsletter. I have very exciting news to share: The Australian Dementia Forum is taking place on 31 May – 1 June 2021 as a fully virtual conference. This is the most responsible path forward to maintaining safe conditions for our delegates, presenters and exhibitors while at Read more

ADNeT screening for trials and memory clinics – webinar tells you how to access

The Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) screening and trials initiative seeks to give more Australians access to the latest potential therapies to prevent or treat dementia through participation in clinical trials. A recent webinar presented by Professor Christopher Rowe and A/Professor Michael Woodward discusses how the ADNeT Screening and Trials program provides free access to amyloid PET, as well Read more

First Australian National Memory Clinic Guidelines under way

About 250 Australians are diagnosed with dementia every day. For some people, it is a long and difficult pathway to receive their final diagnosis. Memory Clinics are specialised centres for the comprehensive assessment of people with cognitive disorders. In Australia there is no formal collaboration between memory clinics, no harmonisation of diagnostic procedures, no comprehensive Read more

BMC Geriatrics publishes Registry protocol

  In early September, BMC Geriatrics published the protocol paper for the Australian Dementia Network Registry. The paper provides detailed information about the Registry, including study design, implementation process, participant and recruitment methods, data sources and collection methods, and Registry governance. Download at

Consumer Consultation for the Australian Dementia Network Registry

The Australian Dementia Network Registry is consumer testing a baseline survey designed to capture people’s experience of care. The survey will ultimately help participating clinics identify areas for quality improvements. Dementia Australia is facilitating this consultation through telephone interviews with Dementia Advocates representing a diverse range of socio-economic and cultural groups. The feedback has been Read more

ADNeT and AIBL researchers link accumulation of amyloid to deficit in learning

A paper published online in Neurology (“Association of deficits in short-term learning and Aβ and hippocampal volume in cognitively normal adults”) by AIBL and ADNeT researchers in Melbourne and Perth has shown that Aβ (amyloid-beta, the type found in Alzheimer’s disease) accumulation in the brain is associated more strongly with a deficit in learning than Read more

Prof Chris Rowe named Australian research leader in Gerontology

Prof Rowe named Australia’s research leader in Gerontology Prof Chris Rowe, ADNeT Director, has been recognised as the Field Leader for research in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in 2020 according to a list published by The Australian on 23/9/2020 Field leaders are the researchers with the highest number of citations from papers published in Read more

From the Director, Prof. Chris Rowe

Welcome to our August issue of the ADNeT Newsletter. COVID-19 continues to play havoc with everybody’s lives, in particular, for those of us located in Victoria. From a research perspective, COVID has had a deep impact on matters such as our ability to screen patients and coordinate work across state boundaries. Despite this, work continues Read more

Murrumbidgee joins Registry

Murrumbidgee Local Health District Aged Care Service has joined the ADNeT Dementia Registry and commenced recruitment and data collection. The Registry has been encouraging participating services to develop local IT solutions that extract data from their hospital information systems directly into the Registry, to streamline data entry and ensure high quality data collection. Murrumbidgee has Read more

Dementia advocates have say on communications

In collaboration with Dementia Australia, the ADNeT Dementia Registry has facilitated two focus groups with dementia advocates (people living with dementia and carers). The purpose of this initiative was to ensure that communications provided to patients and carers about participating in the Dementia Registry incorporates the lived experience voices, and that it was clear, easy Read more