Online module

Recognition of Pain

40 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

This module presents an overview of pain in people living with dementia and the recognition of pain in the absence of the ability to self-report

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care , Acute Care , Community Care , Mixed

This module is part of the course:

The Pain puzzle

Recognition of Pain

Recognition of Pain

This module has five sections:

  • 1
    Pre-course quiz
    • In this section you are asked to complete a short knowledge quiz
  • 2
    Overview of pain in people with dementia
    • In this section a overview of pain in people living with dementia is presented
  • 3
    Recognising pain in the absence of verbal communication
    • In this section non-verbal signs of pain are discussed.
  • 4
    Reflection activities
    • In this section you are prompted to think about the information presented in previous sections.
  • 5
    Assessment questions
    • In this section you are asked to respond to a series of multiple choice questions which will be assessed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should 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

Continuing Professional Education

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


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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Course Coordinator

Margaret Winbolt

La Trobe University

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