On TRACK (Teaching, Research and Community Knowledges)
Promoting brain health with older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Our welcoming and collaborative team of highly experienced researchers is making a difference to the health and well-being of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Dementia has far reaching consequences: for the diagnosed person, their family and friends, the wider community, the service system and economy. With an ageing population and changing socioeconomic and societal patterns impacting the determinants of health, the numbers of people affected by dementia, the costs, disability and carer burdens are predicted to grow exponentially over the next 30 years. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the picture is more challenging. Although more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are now living well to older ages, many continue to experience poor health outcomes and reduced quality of life, and experience dementia at 3-5 times the rate of other populations with a younger age of onset.
Our vision is the improved health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of developing or living with dementia, together with their carers, families and communities.
The OnTRACK Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) brings together researchers and communities in a safe, collaborative space to generate research, knowledges, tools, workforce innovation and outcomes targeting the multi-layered challenges of dementia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The OnTRACK CRE is dedicated to delivering a comprehensive program of dementia research and translation leading to evidence-based, community informed, culturally safe care and improved health and well-being outcomes.
OnTRACK is under the supervision of 10 Chief Investigators and 9 Associate Investigators. The CRE brings together a large network of researchers and students working in Indigenous dementia research in academic institutions across Australia and internationally.
Indigenous Reference Group
The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) is made up of Indigenous community members and experienced researchers. It upholds the principle of co-design that is integral to the CRE by ensuring that the values, practices and needs of Indigenous people, their families and communities are represented and addressed.
The OnTRACK Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) has a collaborative team, working across many organisations and geographic areas.