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Our 2018 Dick Lefroy Oration is being held on Thursday 18th October.

Professor Ekers from the UK will be presenting a  “A simple behavioural intervention to treat and prevent depression in older adults”.

Professor David Ekers is a Nurse Consultant in Primary Care Mental Health at TEWV NHS FT and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG), University of York, UK. He combines clinical, research and leadership roles. Professor Ekers is internationally recognised as an expert on Behavioural Activation (BA) for depression. His research is highly cited and has led the way in developing the evidence base to support this practical intervention beyond traditional therapy settings. His research findings have informed the UK NICE guidelines and clinical practice. He is the Chief Investigator on two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded programmes of research exploring BA in health promotion and in older adults with mental-physical multi-morbidity. He is an international collaborator with The University of West Australia on the BAN-Dep Study evaluating innovative approaches to the delivery of BA in residential home settings in Australia.
In his talk he will explain BA, how it simple talking treatment suited to adults and older adults in a range of settings. He will outline findings from research and how it is being developed in new studies to meet future health priorities across the globe.

Date: Thursday 18 October 2018
Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Finish time 7.30pm
Venue: Fox Lecture Theatre, University of Western Australia.
Hackett Drive Entrance number 1 (Carpark 3 or 4)
Light refreshments will be served on arrival
Free parking is available from 5pm at the University of Western Australia. 
RSVP or 9224 0295 or Register -


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WACHA eNewsletter: December 2016 - download [pdf]

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2016 Dick Lefroy Annual Oration

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Emergency Medicine Scholarship on offer

A scholarship is open to applicants who have completed an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a health science discipline.  The research area will be to improve quality of life through delirium detection in residential aged care. This $29,000 p.a. scholarship is funded by the JO and JR Wicking Trust. For further information click here

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WACHA eNewsletter: Autumn edition - download [pdf]

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February 3, 2016. The Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing will use a grant from the National Stroke Foundation to fund new rehabilitation therapy for stroke survivors.The study will explore the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation to help improve attention and reduce fatigue. UWA’s Associate Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer, who will lead it, said the work is a vital part of recovery. Read more

WACHA awarded funding to fight dementia

October 19th, 2015.Two researchers from the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing have received a portion of the Federal Government funding to tackle the causes and impacts of dementia – the second-leading cause of death in Australia behind heart disease.

News Item: WACHA researcher awarded 2015 Seniors Advocate Award

October 2nd, 2015  Making the 30th Anniversary of the Seniors’ Awards in Western Australia, which took place on the 25th International Day of Older Person, Associate Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer was awarded the 2015 Seniors Advocate Award.

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