Online module

Target responsive behaviours

1 hr

2 weeks

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

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

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care,  Primary Care,  Community Care

This module is part of the course:

Appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives

Target responsive behaviours

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

Target responsive behaviours

This is module 2 in the 4 part module series: Appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives.

Other modules in this series:

Module 3: Developing a management plan
Prerequisite: You must first complete module 1 and 2

Module 4: Developing a withdrawal plan
Prerequisite: You must first complete module 1, 2 and 3


Before undertaking this module you will need to complete the following:

This module will provide an introduction to the target responsive behaviours that benzodiazepines and other sedative medications are commonly prescribed for.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify the target behaviours for which benzodiazepines and other sedative medications are commonly prescribed in people living with dementia.
  • Recognise measurement tools used for assessing and monitoring target behaviours.
  • Identify practical strategies to support a person living with dementia

Continuing Professional Development

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful 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 by Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia.

The following people are specifically acknowledged for their contribution:

Resource development

  • Bronwen Wright
  • Andrew Stafford
  • Ellie Newman
  • Kate Fulford
  • Melissa Morley
  • San San Tan

Review and feedback

  • Katrina Fyfe
  • Adrian Moody
  • Margaret Winbolt
  • Elizabeth Miles
  • Donna Moore
  • Catherine Ross

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Version history

Published: 27 Apr 2021
Updated: 14 Jul 2023

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