Melbourne leads dementia research
Written on the 4 September 2014
Victoria is fortunate to be the home of the leading Australian dementia research institutes - and the research work being done in Melbourne is making a major contribution to addressing this international public health issue.
The Parkville sector includes the co-location of organisations including The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental health, National Ageing Research Institute, CSIRO, The University of Melbourne, Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Mental Health, Prana Bio-technology and Alzheimer’s Australia Vic.
As co convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia, I was pleased to co-host an event at Parliament House recently. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Professor Colin Masters spoke to parliamentary colleagues, Alzheimer’s Vic representatives and medical professionals about the inspiring research work that is being done by this sector.
He discussed the progress of research and the need to harness the Melbourne-based capacity in the fight against dementia. He commended the Federal government for providing a $200 million five year program that will provide research to help detect, delay, prevent, improve care and ultimately find a cure to Alzheimer’s disease.
There are 74,000 Victorians living with dementia and this will grow to 246,000 by 2050 unless new therapeutic interventions are found.
In Oakleigh, there are currently about 939 people living with dementia and this is expected to rise 139 per cent to 2,243 by 2050.
September is Dementia Awareness Month and September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day.
Further details are available from: fightdementia.org.au/vic
Pictured speaking at the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia forum at Parliament House. Audience included Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Professor Colin Masters and Alzheimer’s Australia Vic CEO, Maree McCabe, Chair of Alzheimer's Australia Vic Board of Directors Neil Samuel, medical professionals and parliamentary colleagues.