Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

For further information on these projects, please contact Paulene Mackell: P.Mackell@nari.edu.au

Exploring the ways art centres in remote communities can link older Aboriginal people to services under consumer directed care

The results will provide the government with a model which can be readily translated to approximately 90 art centres in remote community settings where Aboriginal people aged over 55 years comprise around 30% of the artist population. Anecdotally art centres help Aboriginal people living with dementia and other conditions associated with ageing, but integration into the service system has not been explored to date. The prevalence of dementia in remote communities is up to five times higher than the general population and there is limited choice in health and support services. The project will be the first of its kind.

This project is a partnership between NARI, Flinders University, University of Western Australia, the NPY Womens Council, Mangaka Arts, Ikuntji Artists and Kimberley Aged and Community Services.

Aboriginal art centres, a support for people with dementia?

The review about how Aboriginal people, living in remote areas, with dementia, are supported by their local art centre suggests there is an opportunity to explore whether arts centres are, or could be, providing a strengths-based and culturally appropriate model of care, in remote settings.

Aboriginal Art Centres - a support for dementia?

Kimberley Healthy Adults Project Education Material

NARI developed a set of guides for clinicians to use when working with older Aboriginal people in the remote communities of the Kimberley region. These guides incorporate the prevalence data from the Kimberley Healthy Adults Project. 


Indigenous Cognitive Assessment – Modification and Validation of the KICA

Efforts to address dementia in aboriginal populations have been hampered by a lack of culturally appropriate cognitive assessment tools. The KICA was developed to address this problem and is an instrument used to assess dementia in older Aboriginal people in remote settings.