Online dementia course

Community Care and Dementia: Understanding the Condition

2 hours

2 weeks

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Explore how dementia impacts the physiology of the brain and its effects on an individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living.

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care , Community Care , Mixed

Pill UC man with dementia sitting in residentail care

Learning Outcomes

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the key features of common types and causes of dementia
  • Describe the impact dementia may have on a person's ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Implement appropriate strategies for communicating effectively with people with dementia
  • Implement strategies to support people with dementia participate in everyday activities that are consistent with a salutogenic approach to care.

Continuing Professional Education

Completion of this course provides 2 hours of continuing professional education. A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion.

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

This eLearning course was developed by the team at University of Wollongong, specific credits: Belinda Goodenough, contribution by Colm Cunningham

Video footage featured in this DTA course was developed by:

  • Dementia Australia (formerly names Alzheimer’s Australia, and a member of the DTA consortium)
  • Aged Care Channel, with content expert Professor Colm Cunningham disclaimer

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Benefits of learning with DTA

  • Increase your knowledge of dementia
  • Ongoing access to review course content
  • Real life examples to help you put knowledge into practice
  • Learn anytime, anywhere
  • Phone and Tablet friendly
  • Certificate of Completion

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Modules can be completed individually and in any order. You may choose to complete any module, based on your areas of interest.

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