Online module


40 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

This module introduces you to the basic neuropathology of dementia and the responsive behaviours associated with dementia.

Suitable for people working in:

Acute Care,  Primary Care

This module is part of the course:

The view from here - acute care


DTA currently uses different terms for behaviour. We will be progressively moving to the term Changed Behaviour in all our content.


This module is part of the course, The view from here: skills in dementia care for acute settings . Enrol in this module or complete the full course.

In this module we explore what dementia is, types and prevalence of dementia, and the prevalence of dementia in hospitals and how this impacts length of stay and outcomes for patients who have dementia.

We examine the basic neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

The bulk of the module focuses on learning about how dementia-related damage to particular regions of the brain affects brain function. We look at how this relates to a person's cognitive difficulties and responses in the acute care setting.

In the last part of the module we consider how symptoms of dementia and responsive behaviours may manifest in a patient in the clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand the neuropsychological basis for responsive behaviours
  • Identify how dementia-related damage to cortical structures may impact patient behaviour

Continuing Professional Development

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


The View from Here was developed by:

  • Frederick Graham, Metro South Health
  • Sandra Jeavons, Elizabeth Miles and Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Dementia Training Australia, QUT

It is based on a face-to-face education program of the same name previously developed by Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre.

The View from Here has been reviewed by clinicians and academics with expertise in dementia care in acute care settings, delirium management and learning design.

The View from Here was developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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Version history

Published: 29 Oct 2019
Updated: 14 Jul 2023

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