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Advancing practice in dementia

Type: Train the trainer
Supporting Aged Care Quality Standard: 3 1

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 modules 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 modules in order

The content can also be used in the workplace by a suitably recognised ‘in house’ educator to deliver a one-day workshop for staff


Facilitator HandbookDOCX | File size: 229KB




ToolkitZIP | File size: 7.4MB


  • 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.


The education modules were developed for Dementia Training Australia. The Centre acknowledges contributions from the following authors:
Dr Margaret Winbolt. Director, Dementia Training Australia
Ms Carol Chenco. Research Officer, Dementia Training Australia
Mrs Angela Crombie: Collaborative Health Education & Research Centre (CHERC), Bendigo Health
Professor Peter Disler: Professor of Medicine, Bendigo Regional Clinical School, Monash University
Professor Stephen J Gibson: Deputy Director National Aging Research Institute
Professor Joseph E Ibrahim. Geriatrician and CRE-Patient Safety, Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine; Prevention Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
Associate Professor Michael Murray. Medical Director, Continuing Care Clinical Services Unit Head of Geriatric Medicine Austin Health Melbourne
Emeritus Professor Rhonda Nay
Professor Dimity Pond. Discipline of General Practice School of Medicine and Public Health University of Newcastle
Professor Andrew Robinson. Professor of Aged Care Nursing School Of Health Sciences Co-Director Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. University of Tasmania
Mrs Deborah Slater CEO. Dementia Australia Tasmania
Dr David Sykes. General Manager, Learning & Development | Dementia Australia Vic
Dr Maree Farrow. Research Fellow | Dementia Australia Vic
Ms Sandra Moloney. Younger Onset Project Officer, Dementia Australia Vic
Ms Christine While. Research Fellow, Dementia Training Australia and Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care
Ms Denise Wissmann, Educator, Dementia Australia Vic


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