I am a research fellow with the College of Medicine and Dentistry. I am a founding member of the Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART) who are a group of clinician-based researchers in Far North Queensland whose research priorities are driven by community identified priorities and clinical need. My research focuses on healthy ageing, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in FNQ. I have been instrumental in attracting 8 continuous years of NHMRC grant funding to the total of just under $3 million. 

I hold a Masters and PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology and work as a Clinical Neuropsychologist  at the Cairns Hospital and in private practice. I also provide research supervision to postgraduate students and clinical supervision to psychologists and neuropsychologists.

Chief Investigator [Total funding $3,028,000]  

2019-2023. NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant: Reducing dementia risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities $1.5m

2019-2023. NHMRC Targeted Call: A Framework for Healthy Ageing in the Torres Strait. $1.1m.

2016-2018. NHMRC Project Grant: Prevalence of Dementia and Common Health Issues of Later life in the Torres Strait. $365,000.

2014. FNQ Hospital Foundation. To evaluate the reliability of the KICA-screen in a telehealth setting. $3,000.

2014. Mason Foundation. Establishing the Prevalence of Alzheimer's Disease in the Torres Strait using Culturally Appropriate Assessment Methods.   $60,000.


Associate Investigator [Total funding $5,159,446]

2019-2023. NHMRC Targeted call: University of Western Australia: Defining and predicting Healthy Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Populations (HATS). $931,000

2018-2020. NHMRC Boosting Dementia Grant: University of Melbourne:  Improving Detection and management of dementia in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders attending Primary Care [IDEA-PC]) $ 2,172,421

2019-2021: NHMRC Targeted call.  University of Melbourne: Let's CHAT (Community Health          Approaches To) Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities $2,032,776

2013. Dementia Collaborative Research Centres. Prevalence of Dementia in the Torres Strait. Seed funding which enabled us to successfully secure the NHMRC Project Grant $23,249


  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Healthy Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities in FNQ
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - Patsy Bjerregaard Award for Excellence in Patient Care in Allied Health - oustanding performance in the field of research
  • 1995 - James Cook University 2nd year undergraduate statistics prize
  • 2011 to 2012 - NAHSSS Allied Health Clinical Psychology Scholarship
  • 2004 - University of Western Australia, Completion Scholarship
  • 2001 to 2004 - Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2005 - APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • 2016 - Member, International Indigenous Dementia Research Network, Canada
  • 2016 - Member, Statewide Dementia Clinical Network
  • 2005 - Australiasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)
  • 2000 - Synapse, Brain Injury Association, Queensland
  • 1995 - Australian Psychological Society (APS)

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National Health & Medical Research Council - Project Grant

Prevalence of Dementia in the Torres Strait and common health issues of later life in the Torres Strait

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$365,000 over 3 years
The aim of the project is to assess the prevalence of dementia in people aged 45 years and over living in the Torres Strait and identify potential risk and protective factors associated with dementia risk in the region. An additional aim is to validate a full version of a culturally appropriate cognitive assessment tool, the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA), for use in the Torres Strait.
Edward Strivens, Dina LoGiudice, Kate Smith, Edward Helmes, Gavin Miller, Sarah G Russell and Nancy Pachana in collaboration with Leon Flicker, Vonda Malone, J Norrie and Desley Harvey (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Melbourne Health, The University of Western Australia, College of Healthcare Sciences and The University of Queensland)
Dementia; Cross Cultural Assessment; Torres Strait Islander People; Ageing; Indigenous Health

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