For all who work with people with dementia

AJDC readership survey results

Thanks to all of you who responded to AJDC’s first-ever readership survey. Your valuable feedback will be used to help shape the future content and direction of the journal.

We received feedback from 159 people – an excellent response rate for this type of survey.

Here’s a snapshot of the results*, showing some of the top responses:

 Who reads AJDC?

44% of survey respondents are nurses, followed by academics/researchers (25%), allied health professionals (23%), people with dementia/family (10%) and care workers (9%). 


Which dementia setting?

The practice context of most interest to survey respondents is residential aged care (34%), followed by community/at home care (24%), respite care (15%), hospital care (12%) and primary health care (10%).


How is AJDC used?

Readers are using AJDC for personal education (96%), for information to share with their team (96%), and helping to find resources (94%).


Does AJDC represent quality and value?

Respondents find AJDC interesting (96%), easy to read (94%) and up to date (94%).


Is AJDC useful?

The journal content considered most useful is articles (95%), Research Focus, Research News (94%), resources (94%) and news (93%).


What happens to AJDC issues?

Most people (46%) pass their copy of AJDC on to at least 1-2 others, 29% pass it to 3-5 others, 15% share it with 5-10 others, 7% with more than 10 others, and 3% say 20 or more people read or look through their copy.


Do people visit the website?

56% of respondents have visited the journal’s website (, most to read the online articles.


How is AJDC discovered?

Colleagues (32%) and conferences/events (23%) are the two most common ways that people first heard about the journal.


Future format?

65% of people said they would access both an online and print version of AJDC; 61% said they would access content if it was online only; and 57% would access a print only journal. There was very strong support (93%) for an online archive of AJDC content.


Future content?

There is strong support for most of the options for future content listed in the survey, but in particular, readers want debate/controversy (97%), explainers (92%), and train-the-trainer information (89%). CPD articles also rated highly (88%), while 86% of respondents want to see content by people with dementia / and or their family members.


Suggested topics for future issues include:

  • carer support
  • accessing respite
  • interpreting science
  • more articles from people with dementia
  • genetics
  • palliative care
  • advanced dementia
  • ethics
  • expert comment on articles
  • staffing issues in aged care
  • how to implement innovative care programs in environments with small budgets and high staff turnover
  • animals in residential facilities
  • frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and vascular dementia


Journal presentation suggestions include:

  • annual index
  • larger text size
  • Dementia Training Australia calendar of events/workshops/courses
  • supplements in languages other than English for specific Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.


The survey results are available here.

Thanks again to all those who took the time to respond, and please feel free to email me at any time with feedback about the journal.
Kerry Schelks, Managing Editor


*Footnote: For some questions, respondents could choose more than one category.

Readership survey prize winner

The winner of our Readership Survey prize draw for a free 12-month subscription to the AJDC is Christine Hayes from NSW.

Thanks to all those who entered the draw.