Online module

Assessing pain for direct care workers

1 hour

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

This module will explore how to assess pain in people living with dementia who are not able to report their pain

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care , Primary Care , Community Care , Mixed , Respite Care , Palliative Care

This module is part of the course:

Pain for direct care workers

Assessing pain for direct care workers

Assessing pain for direct care workers


This module describes what information needs to be gathered in a pain assessment and dispels the myth/practice that a pain assessment only consists of completing a pain chart/pain tool.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to describe what information is needed to properly assess pain.

Continuing Professional Education

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


  • John Quinn (Dementia Advocate)
  • Glenys Petrie (Dementia Advocate)
  • Professor Meera Agar
  • Nikki Johnston (Nurse Practitioner)

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La Trobe University

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