Using video and animation, this DTA micro-course gives an introduction to the brain, as a foundation for understanding causes of...
Dementia Discovery is designed to help those new to the workforce, who may have limited knowledge about dementia. It aims to increase knowledge about dementia with tips on ‘where to next’ for training and resources.
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Understanding the causes of dementia
Dementia is one word, but it describes a range of conditions that involve changes in the brain and a wide collection of possible symptoms.
Using video and animation, this DTA micro-course gives an introduction to the brain, as a foundation for understanding causes of dementia.
Learn more about types of dementia
After completing the micro-course “Dementia Discovery: Understanding dementia and the brain”, here are some additional micro-courses to build your knowledge about specific types of dementia and potential underlying changes in the brain.
Dementia with Lewy bodies
Providing care and support
Empathy and a person-centred approach are key for supporting people living with dementia.
Using video and animation, this DTA micro-course gives an introduction to the concepts of empathy and person-centred care.
Communication skills are important for the workforce supporting people living with dementia. This 1 hour module focuses on dementia related changes and principles to bear in mind for communicating with respect and dignity.
As an additional reading, you may be interested in this article by the Australian Journal of Dementia Care.
DTA’s Responsive Behaviours Quick Reference Cards are designed as an on-the-spot point of reference, to remind or prompt interactions and raise points to consider.
Dementia Discovery provides a basic working knowledge about the brain, types of dementia, and principles of person-centred care and communication.
Continue your dementia journey with foundational training
Skillful support for persons with dementia requires us to build on this knowledge with foundational learning on a range of topics – such as understanding the role of the environment, effects of medications, and changes in behaviour.
DTA offers a range of online courses that are:
Certificate of completion
Younger Onset Dementia
- Dementia Australia Helpsheet #1: Younger onset dementia
- Dementia Australia offers a free online course Understanding younger onset dementia
Sexualities and Dementia
- DTA webinar recording: Sexualities and Dementia
- DTA’s online course Caring for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) People with Dementia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
- Dementia Australia Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- DTA guest lecture recording on communication method of Yarning
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse peoples (CALD)
- Dementia Australia Helpsheet library in different languages
Dementia Australia has produced this short video on the link between dementia and the social causes of the health of homeless people.
- DTA guest lecture recording: Supporting Veterans in aged and community care