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Falls prevention for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment

People aged over 50 who are living with a mild cognitive impairment are at higher risk of falling which can result in a poorer quality of life. Researchers at Curtin University are looking to evaluate a program that can specifically assist older people with cognitive impairment and need two Consumer Representatives to join their research team.

Falls prevention cognitive impairment

About the project/vacancy

37% of Australian’s aged over 70 live with mild cognitive impairment and they fall more often than those of the same age who don’t have impairment. Programs to improve balance decrease falls in general, yet there’s no evidence that this helps specifically for people with mild cognitive impairment. Curtin researchers wish to close this gap with a newly funded research project.

About the position

Curtin University researchers would like two consumer representatives to join their research team to inform the project through their personal experience of living with a mild cognitive impairment.

What am I expected to do?

The research team requires your experience to inform:

  • The development of patient information sheets and consent forms
  • Inform strategies that will support recruitment for the research project
  • Provide input into the assessment of the data collected
  • Support the development of a strategy that will translate the findings into improved care for people with a cognitive impairment

What skills or experience do I need?

The research team would like the help of 2 people over 50 with mild cognitive impairment (or memory loss).

How long am I expected to be involved?

The project will start in 2020 and continue until 2025. Initially meetings will be more regular with input needed to ensure resources are written in an appropriate way. Expect three or four meetings in the first year with meetings less frequent after that. You are free to leave the team at any time during the project if your situation changes for any reason.

Where will meetings be held?

The lead researcher is based at Curtin University, Bentley campus and initial meetings will be based there, however there will be an option to join meetings via Skype or other online options if preferable.

What support is offered?

A $35 an hour honorarium will be offered.

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Applications close: 22 November 2019

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