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This unit of study is designed for registered nurses with a specific interest in, or who work with, clients who have dementia. It provides students with opportunities to develop new knowledge or extend their current knowledge in this challenging specialty. The unit of study explores what is and isn’t dementia, behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and therapeutic approaches to dementia care. Students will also have the opportunity to examine specific issues related to caring for the person with dementia and caring for the carer. Legal and ethical issues related to end-of-life care will also be considered.

Dementia Care

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study





Fee*Tier 2

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Trish Lowe MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Is it dementia?

a) Differentiate between causes of   degenerative cognitive impairment in older people.

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: What is dementia?

b) Examine prevalence and incidence of dementia and the impact on health care delivery

Assessment 2 Essay (2000 words)



Theme 3: Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

c) Compare and contrast the different causes of dementia.

Assessment 3 Essay (2500 words)



Theme 4: Therapeutic approaches to dementia

d) Using a problem-solving approach  analyse and evaluate a range of therapeutic approaches to dementia care to determine their effectiveness in promoting positive outcomes for the person with dementia.




Theme 5: Caring for the person with dementia

e) Critically reflect on current   practice in relation to EBP when caring for the person with dementia.




Theme 6: End of life dementia care

f) Critically examine the ethico-legal dimensions of providing end-of-life care to the person with  dementia




Theme 7: Professional issues in dementia care

g) Reflect on the professional issues  that impact on caring for the person with dementia across a range of settings.




Theme 8: Caring for the carer

h) Describe approaches to support  those caring for the person with dementia.




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.