Dementia training and education


We train design, property, management and care professionals to collectively help create supportive environments for people living with dementia and other aged-related frailties.

Building on National Design Principles and Guidelines

Environments matter to people living with cognitive and physical impairments. Some buildings and gardens present barriers. Others reinforce retained abilities and invite opportunities for meaningful activity. DTA is part of a team working with the Department of Health and Aged Care to develop National Design Principles and Guidelines in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

These guidelines will outline of how residential care environments can best support the people who live there. They build on four decades of research and reflective practice. Our programs and resources are structured around translating this document into practice.

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Our team provides site-specific tailored training and public workshops that help translate the Design Principles and Guidelines into practice.

Environments Training Program

For Care Professionals

A program that combines online learning, teleconferencing and face to face sessions to help staff assess environments and transform them into supportive places.

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Masterclass in Aged Care Design

For Aged Care Executive and Design Professionals

An interactive one-day course (one offering in each state capital this year) that unpacks the Design Principles and Guidelines and explores how to translate them into building designs and refurbishments.

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Virtual Classroom

Community of Practice – Designing for Older People

For Design Professionals

A monthly virtual discussion group that brings together architects, interior designers, landscape architects and healthcare professionals with an interest in improving buildings.

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Virtual Classroom

Environments Introduction

For General Public

An online program that guides people through the Creating Supportive Environments online course and provides opportunities to discuss the materials.

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Online Learning

This is a core component of the Environments Program that explores why environments matter and how you can help transform the place you work to better support residents.

Creating supportive environments for people living with dementia

Creating supportive environments for people living with dementia

3 Modules 3hrs

The course contains three modules that introduce design principles and demonstrate their application through case studies and interactive exercises.

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An environmental assessment tool aligned with the Design Resources Handbook. A new version is under development that will align with…

  • Dementia
  • Environments

Environments Fact Sheets

Environments Fact Sheets

This series of fact sheets are aimed to address some frequently asked questions of DTA’s Environments Team.

  • Dementia
  • Environments

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