Let's CHAT Dementia in Indigenous communities
The Let's CHAT (Community Health Approaches To) Dementia in Indigenous communities is a research project working with local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) to improve dementia care and brain health.
This project is taking a community-wide approach and engaging community members, Aboriginal health professionals and health practitioners to enhance the overall health outcomes and quality of life of older people who have cognitive impairment or dementia, their families and communities.
An Indigenous Reference Group formed in the early stages of the project is involved in study design, advising resource development and collaborating on the implementation of the dementia model of care centred within partnered ACCHSs.
The project is currently under way, with 12 co-researching partner ACCHSs in urban, regional and remote areas in Victoria, NSW, North Queensland and Western Australia.
There are 33 research staff and students working on the study in ACCHSs, institutes and Universities across the country.
Indigenous Reference Group
The indigenous Reference Group (IRG) is made up of indigenous community members and experienced researchers and acts to lead the project and uphold the values and practices of older people, familes and communities in the project.
ACCHSs and institutional affiliations
Twelve Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and four academic institutions have partnered with the project across four states help improve dementia care and brain health in their communities.