Global inequality in dementia risk and literacy – pathways to prevention

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The ageing population means that dementia is a growing global issue. Risk reduction is important. Varying levels of awareness of dementia risk factors and continued stigma impede effective knowledge-translation in dementia risk reduction. This project will evaluate risk factor prevalence and population attributable risk for dementia utlilising population studies across a range of high and low-middle income countries using a synthesis of existing accessible cohort study data, WHO SAGE data and published data. This is complemented by qualitative work and surveys of dementia literacy in at least two low-middle income countries. The project informs guidelines and risk-reduction messaging.

This project includes systematic reviewing, survey design and delivery and multilevel modelling. There is scope to add in mixed methods and interviewing or economic modelling depending on the candidate. The ideal candidate will have at minimum an honours degree in psychology or equivalent discipline, a demonstrated interest in ageing and cognitive function and experience of basic statistical modelling. Additional experience of survey research, systematic reviewing and mixed methods or economic models would be an advantage.

Supervisory team
Kaarin
Anstey

Science
Psychology
Ruth
Peters

Science
Psychology
Fiona
Matthews

University of Newcastle UK
Institute for Health and Society
k.anstey@unsw.edu.au