Online module

Diagnosing Dementia in General Practice

40 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

This module explores the early warning signs of dementia and a framework for making a diagnosis of dementia.

Suitable for people working in:

Primary Care

This module is part of the course:

Dementia in general practice

Diagnosing Dementia in General Practice

Diagnosing Dementia in General Practice

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Differentiate early warning signs of dementia from other medical presentations.
  • Apply a framework for making a diagnosis of dementia.
  • Apply inclusion and exclusion criteria for dementia diagnosis.
  • Plan questions for a patient and a collaborative source in order to make a dementia diagnosis.
  • Utilise validated screening tools to help make a dementia diagnosis.
  • Select baseline investigations to exclude differential diagnoses of dementia.
  • Demonstrate giving a diagnosis of dementia to a patient and/or family member.

Continuing Professional Education

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


This eLearning course was developed for DTA by the team led by the University of Tasmania.

Specific credits:

  • Professor Andrew Robinson
  • Professor Dimity Pond
  • Dr Marita Long
  • Dr Hilton Koppe
  • Dr Margaret Winbolt
  • Helen Douglas

The contributions of various General Practitioners, a neuroscientist, a psychiatric geriatrician, nursing professional and carers who have shared their knowledge, experience and insights in dementia research, education and care are acknowledged and appreciated.

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

Learning with DTA

Online courses

Online courses contain modules that have been grouped together based on their topic area. Each module within a course must be completed, and in the defined order.

Online modules

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


Some modules may have prerequisites. If a module has a prerequisite you’ll need to complete that first to ensure you have the essential prior knowledge required. Modules with a prerequisite will be clearly marked.

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Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator

Margaret Winbolt

La Trobe University

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