Online module

On the nightshift

45 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Learn strategies for supporting people with different sleep needs and preferences, and explore the health and wellbeing of the person who supports people with dementia at night

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care , Acute Care , Primary Care , Community Care , Mixed

This module is part of the course:

Bedtime to breakfast

On the nightshift

On the nightshift

In this module we explore the health and wellbeing of the person who supports people with dementia at night, especially those who work a night shift in residential aged care settings.

We do not focus on sleep as 'a problem to be fixed'. Rather, we explore sleep and night time experiences from the viewpoint of what is the best kind of 'normal' for those living with dementia as well as those supporting them at night.

Learning Outcomes

In this module you will:

  • apply the principles of a salutogenic person-centred approach to night-time care
  • identify and prioritise 'self-care' strategies to promote wellbeing for those who support people with dementia at night
  • adopt strategies that support preferences of people with dementia in sleep and wake routines at night

Continuing Professional Education

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon completion of this module.


Dementia Training Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund, funded by the Australian Government.

This eLearning program was developed for DTA by the team led by the University of Wollongong, specific credits:

  • Belinda Goodenough
  • Michael Moriarty
  • Liz Armitage
  • Lesley Knapp

The DTA course development team gratefully acknowledge contributions of the following content experts:

  • Deborah Muldoon (Life Care Bedtime to Breakfast Program)
  • Michael Young (UNSW Psychology)
  • Jan Golembiewski (Psychological Design)
  • Colm Cunningham (featured in video materials developed by the Aged Care Channel)

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