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$2.2 million for University of Wollongong for dementia

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News Release Sharon Bird MP Federal Member for Cunningham Telephone: 02 6277 4717

$2.2 million for University of Wollongong for dementia research

The University of Wollongong Dementia Study Training Centre will receive $2.2 million in Commonwealth Government funding as part of a $21.7 million program for dementia research and education, Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, announced this morning.

“The University’s Dementia Study Training Centre promotes dementia studies in graduate and undergraduate curriculum, training for health professionals and career pathways.

“The prevalence of dementia in our community will, sadly, continue to be a feature of an ageing population as life expectancy continues to rise.

“This funding by the Commonwealth Government will help ongoing research provide a better understanding of dementia and its causes.

“The training for undergraduates and graduates, including health professionals, will help improve the prevention of dementia and the care of those who suffer the illness”, Ms Bird said.

This latest funding brings the Commonwealth Government’s investment at the University of Wollongong over the last 12-months to $138.8 million.

4 February 2010