Dementia Discovery

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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Readings listed include Helpsheets by DTA consortium member, Dementia Australia.

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Section 1

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.

Section 2

Learn more about types of dementia

After completing the short-course “Dementia Discovery: Understanding dementia and the brain”, here are some additional short-courses to build your knowledge about specific types of dementia and potential underlying changes in the brain.

DTA currently uses different terms for behaviour. We will be progressively moving to the term Changed Behaviour in all our content.

Section 3

Providing care and support

Empathy and a person-centred approach are key for supporting people living with dementia.

Dementia Discovery provides a basic working knowledge about the brain, types of dementia, and principles of person-centred care and communication.

Section 4

Continue your dementia journey with foundational training

Skilful 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:

Short dementia courses


Mobile device


Cost free

Cost free
for learners

Certificate of completion

Browse our online courses Browse individual modules

Appreciating diversity

Younger Onset Dementia

Sexualities and Dementia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse peoples (CALD)


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

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