Online Dementia Modules

Choose individual dementia modules, based on your areas of interest. Modules are short, and can be completed in any order.

Appropriate use of Antipsychotics when Prescribed as a Restrictive Practice

In this module you will continue to work through the case study to illustrate a suggested approach for introducing, monitoring and withdrawing a regular antipsychotic.

Understanding the limited role of using antipsychotics

In this module you will be introduced to some DTA resources and a case study that suggests ways to support a person with dementia who is experiencing a responsive behaviour when non-pharmacological (non-medicine) strategies have proven unsuccessful.

Wandering – case studies

Two case studies give you the chance to practise assessing wandering behaviour in a person living with dementia and developing a care plan based on the assessment and learnings from modules 1 and 2.

Assessments and interventions for wandering

This module focuses on wandering as a behavioural symptom of dementia. We explore assessment tools and interventions specific to this responsive behaviour.

Assessments and interventions for responsive behaviours

Understand wandering as a responsive behaviour. Learn about responsive behaviours, their causes, and gathering information that informs interventions to help a person living with dementia feel more comfortable and content.

Developing a management plan

Work through two case studies to develop an appropriate plan for managing a benzodiazepine and/or other sedative medication prescribed for a person living with dementia.

Target responsive behaviours

Learn about the target responsive behaviours that benzodiazepines and other sedative medications are commonly prescribed for.

Developing a withdrawal plan

Work through two case studies to develop an appropriate plan for withdrawing a benzodiazepine and/or other sedative medication for a person living with dementia.

Why Environments Matter

Learn how buildings affect our perception and behaviour, use the Design Principles as an evidence-base for creating supportive environments and develop tools to support transformation within places that you work.

Assessing pain for direct care workers

This module will explore how to assess pain in people living with dementia who are not able to report their pain.

The recognition of pain for direct care workers

This module provides an overview of pain and how to recognise pain in people with dementia who can’t tell us that they are in pain.

Optimising sleep

Learn about some specific strategies that nurses and carers can use to help older people in their care sleep better.

Assessing sleep

Learn more about the risk factors for disturbed sleep and how to assess the timing and quality of an older person’s sleep.

Understanding sleep

Improve your understanding about the importance of sleep, the brain and sleep and the problems that can arise with poor or disrupted sleep.


Develop your knowledge of how your role can support the deprescribing process for older people living with dementia.


Expand your understanding of why older people living with dementia so often use multiple medicines, and why this can be a problem.

Identifying and collecting information

Introducing the key questions and practices that are part of a comprehensive behaviour assessment, with a focus on vocally disruptive behaviour (VDB).