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This unit of study is designed for nurses with a specific interest in or who provide care to people living with dementia. This unit of study reinforces that nursing care involves much more than just meeting the physical needs of people living with dementia. Using case studies, all themes focus on sustaining well-being and achieving and maintaining quality of life. Students will explore what is and isn’t dementia, the behavioural and psychological symptoms, and therapeutic approaches to holistic nursing care. Students will also analyse the specific needs of vulnerable populations such as younger people, First Nations people, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). Students will also examine legal and ethical issues related to palliative and end-of-life care for people living with dementia.

Dementia Care
Unit of study code 064
Availability Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing
*The single unit of study would not be offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing from January 2023 onwards

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Recommended texts There are no prescribed textbooks for this subject. However, the following is recommended as useful resources on the topic.

Kailas Roberts. (2021). Mind your brain: the essential Australia guide to dementia. Uqp.

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) critically analyse the causes of degenerative and cognitive impairment and the associated therapeutic approaches to nursing care Assessment 1a: Multiple choice quiz

Assessment 1b: Online discussion: Understanding Cultures in dementia



2, 9
Theme 2: What is dementia? b) conceptualise the professional, and cultural issues involved with providing care to the person living with dementia Assessment 2a: Concept map: dementia in older people.

Assessment 2b: Essay therapeutic approach to dementia care



4, 7
Theme 3: Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) c) evaluate how an evidence -based care environment supports the health and wellbeing of the person living with dementia Assessment 3: Analysis of care: advanced dementia care 45% 10
Theme 4: Therapeutic approaches of dementia care d) illustrate how holistic nursing care improves the quality of life for all who live with dementia including vulnerable populations with dementia
Theme 5: Palliative and end-of-life care (EoLC) for people living with dementia e) critically reflect on the role of the nurse in providing palliative and end-of-life care to the person 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.