Online module

What are responsive behaviours?

30 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

This module introduces responsive behaviours, the concept of behaviour communicating needs and how using frameworks can help you to address them.

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care,  Primary Care,  Community Care,  Mixed,  Respite Care

This module is part of the course:

Understanding responsive behaviours

What are responsive behaviours?

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

What are responsive behaviours?

This module is part of the course, Understanding responsive behaviours. Enrol in this module or complete the full course.

This course is divided into four sections:

  • 1

    Responsive behaviours

    • This section introduces responsive behaviours and the concept of behaviour communicating needs.
  • 2

    Definitions, prevalence and impact

    • Considers the types and frequency of responsive behaviours and their impacts on the person with dementia and their carers.
  • 3

    Frameworks and models for understanding RBs

    • Considers the value of using frameworks to understand and address RBs.
  • 4

    Description of models

    • Introduces a number of frameworks/models and describes their practical application

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Explain the concept of responsive behaviours in dementia
  • Describe the impact of responsive behaviours on the person experiencing them and their carers
  • Explain the value of using frameworks and models to address responsive behaviours
  • Describe a number of frameworks and models

Continuing Professional Development

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


The Understanding Responsive Behaviours 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

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Version history

Published: 16 Oct 2019
Updated: 17 Jul 2023

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