Assessing the health needs of older Indigenous Australians living in the Kimberley [ 2005 - 2006 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers: A/Pr Dina Logiudice (Principal investigator) ,  Prof Leon Flicker Prof Nicola Lautenschlager Prof Osvaldo Almeida

Brief description This study was designed to address the need for accurate assessment of the health care needs of older Indigenous people, particularly in remote regions of Australia. Indigenous people have higher rates of premature chronic medical illness, and there is substantial evidence that chronic functional disorders start at younger ages in this population. Common conditions of older age, such as dementia, falls and incontinence, are associated with substantial morbidity, disability and health care expenditure; yet, little is known about the extent of these problems amongst Indigenous Australians. This study builds on a successful project conducted in the Kimberley in 2003 that was designed with the aim of developing and validating a screening instrument for the assessment of dementia amongst Indigenous people. The present project proposes to expand the scope of our previous work to include the assessment of other common conditions associated with older age, such as depression, incontinence and falls and determine use of health services and potential impediments to their access.

Funding Amount $AUD 242,000.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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