Towards improved care for people with dementia

12 October 2014

The Brotherhood of St Laurence contributed to two research projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers.

These two projects were funded through the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and led by Professor Simon Biggs of the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood’s Research and Policy Centre.

Read more about these two research projects related to dementia and care

The first study, commenced in 2014, concerns the role of regulation in dementia care. In partnership with NHMRC, HammondCare, the Brightwater Care Group, Helping Hand Aged Care (SA) and Alzheimer’s Australia, researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood investigated how regulation affects the dementia care practices of several service providers, by consulting management, care workers, people with dementia and carers.


Ashley Carr and Simon Biggs 2018, The organisation of risk: how do dementia care providers adapt to regulation? (5.5 MB)


Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2016, The role of regulation in aged and dementia care (PDF, 198 KB)

Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2016, Exploring regulatory clusters in dementia care (PDF, 382 KB)

Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2017, Organisational levels, strategies and design in the regulation of dementia care (PDF, 243 KB)

Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2017, Misattention and problem solving in interactions between care workers and dementia care residents (PDF, 239 KB)


Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2018, ‘Balancing compliance and care in dementia practice’, in Australian Journal of Dementia Care, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 26–30.


The second study examined how various groups perceive and represent dementia. This will assist the development of strategies to improve public understanding of dementia and dementia care.


Simon Biggs, Irja Haapala and Ashley Carr 2019 Dementia in the public domain: voice and age-based perspectives on dementia, social disadvantage and public health campaigning (PDF, 4.8 MB)

Simon Biggs, Irja Haapala and Ashley Carr 2019 Dementia in the public domain: a guide to voice, age and public campaigning (PDF, 2.5 MB)

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