Co-design of dementia prevention program for Aboriginal Australians (DAMPAA)

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INTRODUCTION: Dementia is highly prevalent in older Aboriginal Australians, with several modifiable risk factors. Currently, there is limited evidence on how to prevent cognitive decline in Aboriginal Australians.

METHODS: Based on our Theory of Change (ToC) framework, we co-developed the Dementia risk management and prevention program for Aboriginal Australians (DAMPAA) aged over 45 years in partnership with Aboriginal community-controlled organizations (ACCOs) and Elders. Qualitative data were collected through ACCO staff workshops, Elders yarning, and governance groups to inform the protocol. Additionally, we conducted a small pilot study.

RESULTS: Expected DAMPAA ToC outcomes are: (1) improved daily function, (2) better cardiovascular risk management, (3) falls reduction, (4) improved quality of life, and (5) reduced cognitive decline. Attendance enablers are social interaction, environment, exercise type/level, and logistics.

DISCUSSION: Findings suggest that ToC is an effective collaborative approach for co-designing Aboriginal health programs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4564-4571
Number of pages8
JournalAlzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association
Issue number10
Early online date18 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


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