We are looking for an awesome Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the ROSA team at SAHMRI to conduct high quality research with a focus on health and health services for older people with dementia and cognitive decline accessing aged care, including planning, execution, statistical analyses and publication. For all the details, and to apply, please see the information HERE on the SAHMRI Careers webpage. Applications are open now and will close on 10th May 2019.
By analysing de-identified data from the Historical National cohort of the Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA), we found that the age- and sex-standardized prevalence of dementia fell from 50% to 47% in long-term care 2008-2014 and from 26% to 21% in home care 2005-2014. This decline in dementia occurred in concurrence with a decline in cerebrovascular disease in long-term care but despite the prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, malnutrition, obesity, depression and head injury increasing during this period. The decline in prevalence of dementia in these settings is critical to future projection estimates and for planning of services in Australia.
The original scientific article is published HERE.
You can read the SAHMRI press release about this research HERE.
Congratulations Dr Stephanie Harrison from the ROSA Research Team for winning the SAHMRI Early Career Researcher poster presentation award at the SAHMRI Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 for her work looking at the prevalence of dementia in Australians accessing aged care services!