Dr Kate Smith is a Researcher and Lecturer at the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, School of Medicine, University of Western Australia. She is an Occupational Therapist and has coordinated a number of Indigenous ageing well research studies since 2003, including developing and validating the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment tool; the development and trial of a model of community care for older Aboriginal Australians; the prevalence, incidence and protective/risk factors for dementia in Aboriginal Australians; and the development of a quality of life package for older Aboriginal Australians (Good Spirit, Good Life project).
She is currently leading the 5 year DAMPAA randomised controlled trial evaluating a health service based dementia risk management program for Aboriginal Australians,
She is co-chair of the NHMRC Indigenous Dementia Roadmap committee and member of the National Advisory Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care (NAGATSIAC).