Dr Monica Cations

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (Rehab, FMC 4W138)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Monica Cations is a provisional psychologist and epidemiologist who has worked in the ageing and dementia field for over a decade. Her research is translational with a focus on dementia care pathways, young onset dementia, and the impact of psychological trauma in old age. Monica is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, and holds Academic Status in the Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care at Flinders University. She is also completing the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program at the University of South Australia.

See a full list of publications here: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=eVJRuQkAAAAJ


BPsych(Hons), PhD (Public Health)

Honours, awards and grants

2019 Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

2019 Hospital Research Foundation Early Career Researcher Fellowship

2018 Dementia Australia Research Foundation A & L Project Grant

2018 Australian Association of Gerontology Research Trust RM Gibson Research Fund Grant

2018 Flinders Foundation Health Seed Research Grant

2017 Flinders Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research Collaboration Grant

2016 Public Health Association South Australia State Population Health Conference Best Poster Prize

2016 Flinders University Faculty of Medicine ECR Seeding Grant

2016 Brain Sciences UNSW Collaboration Grant

2016 UNSW Australia Postgraduate Travel Scholarship

2015 Brain Sciences UNSW PhD Grant-in-Aid

2015 Dementia Centre for Rearch Collaboration Travel Scholarship

2014 Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation PhD Scholarship

2010 Flinders University Medal

2009, 2008, 2007 Flinders University Chancellor's Letter of Commendation

Research expertise
Public health and health services
Research interests

Lifespan development, dementia, ageing, cognitive impairment, epidemiology, marginalised populations, young onset dementia, disability, aged care, psychological trauma

Current projects:

1. Registry of Senior Australians

As postdoctoral research fellow with the Registry of Senior Australians, I use routinely collected 'big' data to answer important questions about the aged care services used by people with dementia and cognitive impairment in Australia.

2. Inclusive Care for Older Trauma Survivors (ICOTS)

The aim of this research is to better understand how psychological trauma affects the experience of receiving aged care, especially for people wtih dementia. This collaborative, multicomponent project includes designing and implementing inclusive care for older Forgotten Australians (those placed in institutional or out-of-home care as children) and for older trauma survivors staying in hospital.

This project includes collaborations with Helping Hand Aged Care and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.

3. INSPIRED-II: Implementing Collaborative Care for Young People with Dementia

Young people with dementia (under 65 years old) face barriers to optimal care particularly at the intersection of the NDIS and aged care sectors. This research aims to implement care that promotes collaboration across these systems, to help young people with dementia maintain their independence and social participation.

I can offer student projects on these or other topics - just send me an email to discuss further.

Supervisory interests
Aged and community care
Dementia care
Rehabilitation and aged care
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Hari Uprety: Global policy approaches to dementia respite care and implications for Nepal
Associate supervisor: Lenore de la Perelle: Collaboration context and cost: evaluation of factors influencing implementation of Clinical Guidelines for Dementia Care

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