Hazel Hawke's legacy
Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund
In 2003 Hazel Hawke AO and Alzheimer’s Australia established the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund to support dementia care research across Australia.
"Practically speaking, I hope to help raise much-needed funds by establishing the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund. I have done this together with Alzheimer’s Australia. We will use the money you donate to assist on-going research into the prevention and management of Alzheimer’ disease, and to help provide crucial services to people and their carers living with dementia. I urge you all to contribute generously to this Fund."
- Hazel Hawke (November 2003)
Hazel Hawke passed away on 23 May, 2013 at 83 years of age. During her lifetime, she was committed to community and advocacy work and passionate about women’s rights, heritage and environment, social and community services and media issues. Hazel was the first prominent Australian to speak publicly about her dementia.
“Hazel embodied a sense of fairness and concern for other Australians, being the first and only well-known Australian to speak publicly about her life with Alzheimer’s disease. Many Australians would have experienced a sense of personal loss with her passing.”
– Ita Buttose, former President of Alzheimer’s Australia.
The Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund has supported 14 research projects, with a 15th on offer in 2014.
“The Hazel Hawke award was my first research grant and inspired me to continue clinical research.” – Dr Amee Baird, Clinical Neuropsychologist
“We are currently applying for funding to continue this work to extend the evidence base for speech pathology services to improve communication and quality of life for people with primary progressive aphasia.” – Dr Karen Croot, Lecturer in Applied Cognitive Psychology
“Findings from the study were incorporated into a short course (and postgraduate topic) offered regularly by the Centre for Remote Health for practitioners working with remote and Indigenous communities.” – Associate Professor Melissa Lindema
At Hazel’s request, Alzheimer’s Australia established the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund in 2003 to support dementia care research across Australia. With Hazel’s passing in 2013, Australians have responded generously with donations to build a legacy in memory of Hazel and to fulfil her wishes for continued investment in research and care for dementia.
Hazel Hawke's legacy has been to raise the profile of dementia and the importance of investment in research to improve the quality of dementia care.
Since it was established, the fund has supported the following research projects aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers:
Dr Moyra Mortby
Carer Characteristics and Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: a Pilot Study.
Dr Zoe Terpening
Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea for Cognitive Decline in Mild Cognitive Impairment.
Dr Erin Conway
Can Speech Pathology improve the ability of people with dementia to remember the words they want for conversations.
Dr Jean Tinney
Interpreter mediated cognitive assessments - stakeholder experiences informing guidelines and training DVD.
Dr Amee Baird
Music as a memory aid in Alzheimer's disease.
Dr Maria Kangas
Treatment of anxiety and depression in distressed carers for persons with dementia-related disorders.
Dr Karen Croot
The right word at the right time: keeping communication going in progressive aphasia.
Associate Professor Karen Sullivan
Good idea! The dementia carers' healthy thinking project.
Associate Professor Melissa Lindeman
Evaluation of a dementia education resource for indigenous communities.
Professor Elizabeth Beattie
Nutritional Challenges for family caregivers and persons with dementia.
Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone
The use and misuse of Alzheimer's disease in the euthanasia/ physician assisted suicide debate.
Associate Professor Mathew Hopcraft
Evaluation of oral healthcare training for cares of nursing home residents with dementia.
Associate Professor Kate Webster
Falls risk assessment in people with Alzheimer's disease.
Dr Jennifer Torr
Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome
Dr Astrid Rogoz
Cognitive impairment in the elderly homeless
Professor Cherry Russell
Dying with Dementia: An exploratory study of family caregiver perspectives on best quality care and support practices at the end of life.
You can support the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund by making a donation online, by posting cheques and money orders to the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund, Alzheimer's Australia, PO Box 4194,Kingston ACT 2604, or you can call us on 02 6278 8900.