Volunteers for Dementia Research Project
Lions Medical Research Foundation Senior Research Fellow, Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka is working on a project entitled – “Novel Interventions to Reduce Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia: Virtual Reality, Video-conferencing & Good Neighbour Program” and to support this research, an application for funding is being developed by The University of Queensland. A core part of this application and in fact any good research project, is engaging members of the community affected by dementia.
Nadeeka is looking for people with dementia and their carers and families to be involved in this research – this would be up to the individual’s capacity, but could include;
- Participation in consultation about the research proposal to ensure that it addresses areas of priority for your circumstances,
- An invitation to be a member of a Steering Committee or Advisory Group or ‘research buddy’,
- An invitation to comment on and develop patient information leaflets or other research materials,
- Involvement in the dissemination of research outcomes and the development of plain language project summaries.
You do not need to be Brisbane based to be involved as participation can be managed by phone and email. If you are interested in being involved in this program, please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with DEMENTIA RESEARCH in the subject heading.
In the email, please include the following details:-
- The name of the person with dementia,
- The name of the carer or family member,
- Lions club (if relevant) – it is not essential that project volunteers are members.
- Best contact details – phone and email.
Once we have received responses, these will be collated and sent to Nadeeka at which point, she and her team will be in touch about the next steps.
If your club is interested, there may be an opportunity to have Nadeeka speak as part of a community activity. Another option may be to organise specific and targeted educational/ Q&A sessions (possibly at UQCCR) for Lions affected by dementia and for their carers and family members.
We look forward to hearing further from you