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Ageing Well Tool – Dementia risk factor screening in General Practice

Wed 24th April @ 6:30 pm

This project aims to develop a novel primary care screening tool, the Ageing Well Tool, to detect common mental disorders and risk factors for dementia, such as depression, social isolation, and cardiovascular risk in older adults. Following screening, GPs may plan some evidence-based risk reduction strategies with patients as needed.

What’s involved?
The cluster randomised clinical trial will involve GPs and practice nurse(s) completing training on the study methods, identifying suitable patients, facilitating the collection of patient data against a range of risk factors, and completing data about eligible patients three times over a 12-month period.

Who will be screened?
Patients must be 60-70 years old and a patient of a General Practitioner in SNHN. Participants with dementia or cognitive decline or living in a residential aged care facility will be excluded.

How can you get involved?
Contact ageing.well@mq.edu.au


Wed 24th April

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Topics to be discussed:
  • Overview of recommended cognitive screeners for use in primary care
  • Ageing Well Tool and screening for risk factors
  • MQ research project
Dr Diana Matovic is the project coordinator for the Ageing Well Tool. She completed her PhD in social psychology. Her research interests are dementia risk reduction, older adult social participation, and understanding the mechanisms for positive mood in older adults.
Professor Simon Willcock is a GP and the Director of Primary Care Services at the Macquarie Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. He has been involved in the development and implementation of the Ageing Well Tool in his clinical practice since the project commenced in 2021
Gabi Picard is a registered psychologist and is near completion of her PhD (Combined Master Clinical Neuropsychology/PhD). She has experience with cognitive assessment in both clinical and research settings.
There is no cost for Practices and their staff within the SNHN region to attend this training


Judy or Robi, Education Coordinators – 9432 8250 or events@snhn.org.au.

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