Dementia Care
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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 064
Availability Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Diva Madan
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


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

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note 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 x2 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: What is dementia? b) examine prevalence and incidence of dementia and the impact on health care delivery Assessment 2: Essay 40% 6
Theme 3: Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia c) compare and contrast the different causes of dementia Assessment 3: Essay 50% 10
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.

Dementia Care (064) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.