Dementia Essentials

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CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

Dementia Essentials

This course offers skills and strategies to help with communication, planning, developing activities and understanding changed behaviour in people living with dementia.

  • Nationally-accredited training – RTO Code: 2512
  • Certificate of Attainment
  • Fully subsided for learners

Suitable for:

Australians working in aged care, health care and community services

Course Duration:

18 hours

Course modalities:

  • Online and blended learning environments
  • Face to face in all Australian states and territories
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This course is highly structured, combining theory and practical components for an engaging learning experience. Participants receive ongoing support from experienced facilitators throughout the program.
Eligible participants must be working with people living with dementia in a professional capacity.
Please note: if you already hold the CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia unit, you will not be awarded with a statement of attainment again. If you are unsure if you already hold this unit, you can check by visiting
Learning Outcomes
  • Person-centred care
  • The nature of dementia
  • Effective communication
  • Impact of dementia
  • Activities for engagement
  • Identifying elder abuse and restrictive practices
  • Understanding changed behaviours and developing effective responses
  • Creating supportive environments
As this is a nationally recognised course, participants will need to complete questions, practical tasks and a third-party checklist successfully to obtain the Statement of Attainment.
Qualification / Accreditation
Dementia Essentials is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) level qualification. It refers to the unit of competency named CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia. While it is a stand alone course, Dementia Essentials sits within the broader training programs covered by Certificate III Individualised Support/Ageing and Certificate IV Aged Care.
Certificate / Statement of Attainment
Statement of Attainment will be issued by Dementia Australia VIC Inc. RTO CODE:2512. Please contact Dementia Australia with Certificate enquiries.

This DTA course is delivered across Australia by consortium member, Dementia Australia.

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