Understanding changed behaviour
Increase your knowledge of caring for a person experiencing dementia-related changed behaviour and explore how people with dementia may express their needs through behaviour, rather than word.
About this Course
This course is designed to help you better understand how to care for a person experiencing dementia-related changed behaviour.
You will be able to make a positive difference to people living with dementia who are expressing changed behaviours through increased knowledge and understanding of:
- How changed behaviour is assessed
- How it may be reduced, and
- How it's impact on the person with dementia (or those around them) may be minimised.
The entire course consists of 7 modules. You could also choose to take Modules 1-4 as a base level introduction to changed behaviours. Modules 1-4 cover planning, implementing and evaluating strategies using two case study examples. Modules 5-7 explore three specific changed behaviour and cultural considerations for caring with people living with dementia who are Indigenous Australians or have a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.
After completing this course, staff should be able to:
- Explain the concept of changed behaviour in dementia and the models used to understand the potential underlying causes.
- Outline the assessment processes, tools and interventions appropriate for some specific behaviour examples.
- Critically analyse scenarios and select suitable evidenced-based interventions.
- Recognise the value of assessment and ongoing evaluation in the care of people with changed behaviour.
- Identify a variety of resources that can be readily accessed as reference materials to support your practice.
Continuing Professional Development
Completion of this course provides 4 hours of continuing professional development. A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion.
The Understanding Changed Behaviour online course was developed at DTA, QUT by Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Liz Miles and Sandra Jeavons, with Martin van de Weyer and the Smart Sparrow team. This resource is based on a training program originally developed by the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre at QUT.
The team acknowledges members of the expert panel who shared their advice and insights in video segments throughout the course:
Professor Nancy Pachana, Co-Director, Ageing Mind Initiative, The University of Queensland
Dr Eddy Strivens, Regional Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Older Persons Subacute and Rehabilitation Services, Cairns & Hinterland Health Service
Dr David Lie, Director, Older Persons Mental Health Service, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
Learn with DTA
Benefits of learning with DTA
- Increase your knowledge of dementia
- Ongoing access to review course content
- Real life examples to help you put knowledge into practice
- Learn anytime, anywhere
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Help and Support
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- Published: 12 Jun 2020
- Updated: 16 Jan 2024