Online module

Why environments matter

1 hr

2 weeks

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

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.

Suitable for people working in:

Mixed , Acute Care , Residential Care

This module is part of the course:

Creating supportive environments for people living with dementia

Why environments matter

Why environments matter

Gain insight into the affect environments have on people living with dementia and be introduced to the design principles.

Learning Outcomes

By completing this module, participants will be able to:
  • Explain how buildings affect our perception and behaviour.
  • Analyse everyday settings to identify strengths and problems for people living with dementia.
  • Applying design principles to support people living with dementia.
  • Reflect on how you can support transformation within places that you work.

Continuing Professional Education

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


Fallon Forbes and members of the DTA team who provided feedback through course development. Phyllis Ho who helped develop the content, Madalyn Dodds and Adrian Moody for course programming, and the many people across DTA who provided feedback and suggestions during course development. Thanks to the Commonwealth Department of Health whose funding made the course possible.. The many contributors you meet through the course who discuss their work and their endeavours to provide supportive places for people to live meaningful lives. Music throughout the course from

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