Dr Diana Karamacoska
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Place of work / study:
Western Sydney University
Area of Research:
Ageing and Dementia
How is your work funded?
Through grants from my University, local government, not-for-profit organisations.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a cognitive neuroscientist by trade, and am now shifting into the public health field after seeing the stigma, health disparities, and lack of appropriate education about dementia in multicultural communities. I partner with local governments, service providers, and community leaders to co-create, implement, and evaluate initiatives with and for culturally diverse older adults.
I am also the Continent Lead for Australia for the ISTAART PIA to Elevate Early Career Researchers
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I’m a proud puppy mama to Bjorn – a lhasa apso cross toy poodle.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I have two grandparents who were diagnosed with dementia over 15 years ago. They are from non-English speaking backgrounds, so I saw the challenges they faced when accessing healthcare as well as the stigma that socially isolated them.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Surround yourself with mentors and sponsors who reflect and support the values and goals you wish to achieve.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
It’s work-related but very eye-opening, so yes I highly recommend it: