Online dementia course

The pain puzzle: Recognition, assessment and treatment of pain in people living with dementia

2 hrs

2 weeks

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Increase your understanding of pain assessment and management for people with dementia living in a residential environment.

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care,  Acute Care,  Primary Care,  Mixed,  Respite Care

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Learning Outcomes

By completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of optimal pain management in people living with dementia.
  • Describe how to recognise pain in the absence of verbal communication.
  • Undertake a comprehensive assessment of pain and describe the role of pain assessment tools.
  • Describe how assessment information informs an individualised treatment plan.
  • Describe the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to pain assessment and management in residential aged care.
  • Understand the importance of ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the treatment plan.

In this course, you will complete the following modules:

Module 1

Recognition of Pain

This module presents an overview of pain in people living with dementia and the recognition of pain in the absence...

Recognition of Pain

Module 2

Assessment of pain

This module presents a practical and systematic approach to conducting a comprehensive pain assessment.

Assessment of pain

Module 3

Treatment and management of pain

This module raises awareness of the importance of individualised treatments, based on information gained from the comprehensive assessment. Better understand...

Treatment and management of pain

Continuing Professional Development

Completion of this course provides 2 hours of continuing professional development. 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.


  • Dr Margaret Winbolt
  • Ms Christine While
  • Professor Andrew Robinson
  • Professor Elizabeth Beattie
  • Dr Andrew Stafford
  • Associate Professor Belinda Goodenough
  • Ms Angela Casey

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Version history

Published: 20 Nov 2019
Updated: 16 Aug 2023
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