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Dr Withall is a WandiWandian-Yuin woman, holding a combined research and teaching role in the School of Population Health UNSW, where she leads the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Theme. She is an expert on ageing and mental health and her research focuses on promoting wellbeing, care and cognitive health for at-risk populations. She leads a sub-stream on Ageing at the Margins in the recently funded UNSW Ageing Futures Institute (https://research.unsw.edu.au/ageingfutures/ageing-futures-institute-home).

Adrienne is an early career researcher (<7 years post-PhD research FTE), and is author of 40 journal publications, an edited book Alcohol and the Adult Brain, and 5 book chapters. She currently has a h-index of 24 and 1822 citations. Her research focuses on young onset dementia, particularly vulnerable groups at risk of early cognitive decline (including those with drug and alcohol abuse, older offenders, and concussion), and she aims to address inequities through early intervention and access to optimal care. She is a Chief Investigator of the INSPIRED Study of young onset dementia and Lead Investigator on current studies examining health, care and assessment of older offenders; risk factors for young onset dementia; health outcomes of older cannabis users, and cognitive predictors of outcomes in the MERIT program (Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment program). She uses mixed methods to aid the translation of her epidemiological and health services research into policy and clinical practice.

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