Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment

The Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) was developed in response to the need for a  cognitive screening tool for older Indigenous Australians (45 years plus) living in rural and remote areas.  The needs for older adults with dementia are complex. An extra degree of complexity is added for remote or rurally located Indigenous people with dementia owing to their location and cultural context.

Prior to the development of KICA tool the extent of dementia and other cognitive impairment in this group has been hindered due to the lack of an available, culturally sensitive assessment tool. The KICA tool named after where the original research was conducted, comprises of a number of sections and assesses the person and carer. The KICA tool is now widely used remote or rural locations across Australia.

Using the KICA tool our researchers have documented a serious and previously unrecognized Indigenous health problem that has major implications for future Indigenous health care. The prevalence of dementia amongst Indigenous Australians is substantially higher than in of the general population of developed and developing countries across all age groups (over the age of 45 years).

Click HERE to download the KICA Tool

We would appreciate it if you would credit WA Centre for Health & Ageing when you use these tools.

Instructional video on how to use the KICA tool:

Individual tool templates available for download:

Urban Modified KICA

The modified tool (KICA Regional/ Urban) is also available for download and was developed for urban and regional Victorian settings, although it is appropriate for use in an urban and regional settings Australia-wide.

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