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This unit of study is designed for nurses with a specific interest in or who provides care to people living with 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 have the opportunity to examine specific issues related to caring for the person with dementia and caring for the carer. Students will also consider legal and ethical issues related to palliative and end-of-life care.

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 unit/program


After completing this unit, 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) analyse the causes of degenerative and cognitive impairment and the associated therapeutic approaches to care Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: What is dementia? b) examine the professional, legal and ethical issues involved with providing care to the person living with dementia and their support network Assessment 2: Essay 40% 6
Theme 3: Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia c) evaluate how the care environment and associated policies and guidelines support the health and wellbeing of the person living with dementia Assessment 3: Essay 50% 10
Theme 4: Therapeutic approaches of dementia care d) reflect on the role of the nurse in providing palliative and end-of-life care to the person living with dementia
Theme 5: Palliative and end of life care for people living with dementia

Dementia Care (064) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.