Dementia Education Online

Dementia Education Online


Would you like to develop contemporary knowledge and skills related to the care of people living with dementia? If so, you will be interested in a new set of freely available and fully online dementia education resources designed by leading academics who are experts in dementia care. Funding for the development of these new resources was provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing ( DoHA).

These resources are designed to provide students and staff studying or working in multi-disciplinary areas of health with a flexible opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills in working with people who have dementia and their family carers.

Content is Delivered Through Online Modules

  1. What is Dementia?
  2. Recognising Dementia
  3. Communication in Dementia Care
  4. Care Partnerships with Families across Dementia Care Settings
  5. Younger Onset Dementia
  6. Dementia within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities

Target Audiences

  • Undergraduate students completing health-related courses
  • Health and care staff wishing to undertake professional development to improve their knowledge and skills in dementia care

Format of Delivery

  • Fully online resources that are freely available
  • Each module is equivalent to three hours of learning
  • Use of vignettes to provide practice based contexts
  • Extensive resources for future reference and learning

Learning Activities

  • Structured exercises to increase knowledge and skills in dementia care
  • Practice based exercises to promote reflection
  • Relevance to community, acute care, and residential aged care settings
  • Access to contemporary publications and website resources
  • Quizzes to review gains in dementia-related knowledge

Overview of Module Content

1. What is Dementia?
  • Incidence and prevalence of dementia
  • Different types of dementia and the associated pathophysiology
  • Insight into the needs of special groups in the community with a diagnosis of dementia
  • Impact of dementia from the perspective of a person and a carer
2. Recognising Dementia
  • Screening and assessment in dementia
  • Distinguishing dementia, delirium, and depression
  • Making a differential diagnosis
  • Supporting persons with dementia and carers during an assessment
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to screening and assessment
3. Decision Making in Dementia Care
  • Impact of dementia on communication
  • Importance of effective communication in dementia care
  • Strategies to enhance communication between practitioners, the person with dementia, and carers
4. Care Partnerships with Families across Dementia Care Settings
  • The notion of care partnerships
  • A framework for construction of family-staff partnerships
  • The service support and delivery across care settings
  • Strategies to engage families as consumers of care
5. Younger Onset Dementia (YOD)
  • The prevalence and causes of YOD
  • The screening and diagnosis of YOD
  • Behavioural symptoms and YOD
  • Service provision for YOD
6. Dementia within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities
  • Impact of culture on the experience of dementia
  • Communication with people with dementia, carers and families
  • An overview of culturally appropriate assessment
  • Resources on dementia care for people from CALD backgrounds 


Quality assurance of DTSC curriculum materials
  • Content for the 3 modules was developed by DTSC academic and industry partners
  • Internal review was provided by the relevant educational committees within the DTSC academic partner institutions
  • Content and delivery format was reviewed and amended by an external advisory group


Last reviewed: 22 September, 2016