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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous dementia services study



The Indigenous dementia services study (IDSS) aims to find solutions and meet the needs of Indigenous people with dementia and their families who live in the Kimberley region of Western Australia by designing a culturally appropriate screening tool. The IDSS focuses on:

This program follows on from two earlier studies, the Kimberley Indigenous cognitive assessment (KICA) study in 2003-2004 and a prevalence study in 2005-2006.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Related publications

Smith K, Flicker L, Shadforth G, Carroll E, Ralph N, Atkinson D, Lindeman M, Schaper F, Lautenschlager NT, LoGiudice D (2011)

‘Gotta be sit down and worked out together': views of Aboriginal caregivers and service providers on ways to improve dementia care for Aboriginal Australians.

Rural and Remote Health; 11: 1650

Retrieved 14 June 2011 from

Carrol E, Smith K, Flicker L, LoGiudice D, Shadforth G, Ralph N, Lindeman M, Almeida O, Atkinson D, Shaper F, Lautenschlager N (2010)

Indigenous services study: Lungurra Ngoora Community Care final report.

Broome, WA: Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council

Memory problems (dementia) are caused by damage to the brain (2009)

Western Australia Centre for Health and Ageing

This poster was developed to increase the awareness of dementia among Indigenous people. It includes information on the signs of dementia and the causes of dementia. The poster was developed as part of the Indigenous dementia services study (IDSS), which is a large prevalence study assessing dementia and other aged care syndromes in the Indigenous population of the Kimberley, Western Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Murphy R (2010)

Lungurra Ngoora Community Care Service evaluation report.

Perth: Yarmintali Consultancy


Last updated: 15 July 2015
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