The Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund was established in 2003 to support research to investigate treatments, therapies and models of care for people with dementia.
"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.
Donations to this fund will help the Dementia Australia Research Foundation to improve the quality of dementia care and develop new opportunities for emerging researchers to develop their careers in the dementia research field.
Why we invest in research
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure.
There are currently 425,000 people living with dementia in Australia with a current cost to the economy of $15 million.
Without a major research breakthrough that can prevent, delay or cure dementia, the number of people with dementia in Australia is set to rise to 1.1 million by 2056, with an estimated cost to the economy of $36.85 billion.
The Dementia Australia Research Foundation believes that research holds the key to caring for people living with dementia today and finding a cure for tomorrow.