Online module

Assessments and interventions for responsive behaviours

40 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Understand wandering as a responsive behaviour. Learn about responsive behaviours, their causes, and gathering information that informs interventions to help a person living with dementia feel more comfortable and content.

Suitable for people working in:

Emergency Care,  Residential Care,  Acute Care,  Primary Care,  Community Care,  Mixed,  Respite Care,  Palliative Care

This module is part of the course:

Walking safely with dementia

Assessments and interventions for responsive behaviours

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

Assessments and interventions for responsive behaviours

This is module 1 in the 3 part module series: Walking safely with dementia.

Other modules in this series:

Module 2: Assessments and interventions for wandering
Prerequisite: You must first complete module 1

Module 3: Wandering - case studies
Prerequisite: You must first complete module 1 and 2

This module provides context for wandering as a responsive behaviour with an overview of dementia and responsive behaviours. You will learn how to take a structured approach to identifying and assessing behaviours and use this information to plan appropriate interventions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe responsive behaviours and the reasons people living with dementia experience them
  • Identify some commonly used models to assess and determine why a person's specific responsive behaviour occurs
  • Describe types of interventions that may reduce or avoid responsive behaviours

Continuing Professional Development

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


The Walking Safely course was developed by Assoc Professor Margaret MacAndrew, Yvonne Wilkinson, Professor Elizabeth Beattie, Sandra Jeavons, and Elizabeth Miles at Queensland University of Technology. The authors would like to thank the Advisory Committee for their invaluable contribution to the development of this resource.

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Version history

Published: 24 Jan 2022
Updated: 14 Jul 2023

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