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Advancing practice in dementia

Type: Handbook
Supporting Aged Care Quality Standard: 1 3

The Advancing Practice In The Care Of People With Dementia is a suite of resources which provide core information about dementia and the care of people with dementia.

The content provides an introduction to the key components and issues in the care of people with dementia, as well as pointers to further in-depth information and useful resources. The content is suitable for health professionals from all disciplines and for undergraduate health care students.

The handbooks form a self-directed education program –  at the pace of the learner with no time limits for completion. The recommendation is to progress through the handbooks in order.

Topics Covered

  • Handbook 1 – Overview of dementia
  • Handbook 2 – Risk factors
  • Handbook 3 – Diagnosing dementia
  • Handbook 4 – Promoting wellbeing
  • Handbook 5 – Treatment and intervention options
  • Handbook 6 – Social and lifestyle
  • Handbook 7 – Behaviours and psychological symptoms
  • Handbook 8 – Therapeutic communication
  • Handbook 9 – The role of the carer


Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between the aetiology of common types of dementia: AD; Vascular; Lewy body.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnostic process, including differential diagnoses.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of treatment and intervention options.
  • Describe the impact of a diagnosis of dementia on the person and their family/carers.
  • Discuss the social and lifestyle issues which may arise for the person with dementia, their family/carers.


These education handbooks were developed for Dementia Training Australia. The Centre acknowledges contributions from the following authors:
Ms Angela Casey. Research Fellow. Dementia Training Australia
Dr Christine While. Research Fellow, Dementia Training Australia
Dr Allan Shell. Academic GP. Adjunct Senior Lecturer UNSW Sydney, and La Trobe University
Dr Margaret Winbolt. Director, Dementia Training Australia


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