Online module

A practical approach to managing dementia in general practice

1 hour

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

This module discusses the dementia trajectory and provides management strategies for the different stages of the disease. Templates for GP management plans for the different stages are provided

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Primary Care , Acute Care

This module is part of the course:

Demystifying Dementia

A practical approach to managing dementia in general practice

A practical approach to managing dementia in general practice


This module has seven sections:

  • 1
    Modifying risk factors
    • In this section the importance of modifying risk factors is discussed.
  • 2
    Explaining the trajectory
    • In this section the trajectory of dementia is discussed.
  • 3
    Developing a management plan
    • In this section approaches to developing an individualised management plan are presented.
  • 4
    Responsive behaviours
    • In this section a non-pharmacological apprach to the assessment and maangement of changed behaviours is presented together with an overview of pharmaceutical management where necessary.
  • 5
    Caring for carers
    • In this section the importance of caring for family carers is discussed.
  • 6
    Useful resources
    • In this section you will have access to dementia resources useful in general practice.
  • 7
    Post-course quiz
    • In this section you are invited to complete a survey to assist DTA to evaluate the Demystifying Dementia program.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Develop and implement an effective management plan for people living with dementia at different stages of the disease

Continuing Professional Education

Completion of this module provides 1 hour of professional education – a certificate of completion will be issued after satisfactory course completion which will include passing an online knowledge quiz.


Lesson authors:

  • Dr Hilton Koppe MB BS MFM FRACGP
  • Dr Marita Long MB BS DCH FRACGP

This course was developed by the DTA GP education group and the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. The contributions of the following people to this resource is acknowledged with gratitude:

  • Professor Andrew Robinson
  • Professor Dimity Pond

  • Dr Margaret Winbolt
  • Helen Douglas
  • Madalyn Dodds

Learning with DTA

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