Dementia Courses - Free & available in all states!

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Dementia Courses - Free & available in all states!

What is Dementia?

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body disease. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 (Dementia Australia). Seventy percent of the 459,000 Australians with dementia live in their own home.

How can I learn more about Dementia and supporting my Members?

We encourage Helpers to spend time learning about how they can better support people living with dementia. There are free and great quality courses availalbe where you can learn about the different types of dementia, enhance your communication skills, develop new strategies for responding to changed behaviours and how to support your Member's overall health and well-being.

Free Online Courses Available

1. Centre for Dementia Learning

About the Courses

The Centre for Dementia Learning has been delivering industry-leading education for more than 35 years. Their Dementia Practice Improvement series helps you bring improved practices into your workplace. Learn more about dementia and how to support people living with dementia. Then, gain new skills to help problem-solve and respond to the issues confronting people living with dementia including changed behaviours.

Most courses are free or involve a small fee of $10-$15. There are a variety of dementia related topics covered across the courses including:

  • What is dementia?
  • Communication in a person centred way
  • Engaging in the outdoors
  • A problem solving approach to behaviours
  • Understanding younger onset dementia
  • Nutrition and dementia: Food for thought

Duration

Course durations vary from 15mins to a few hours. They can be paused at any point. They are practical, straightforward and easy to work through.

How to access the Courses

Visit their website here to enrol

2. WICKING Dementia Research and Education Centre - University of Tasmania

About the Courses

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre is at the forefront of translational research and support for issues confronting people with dementia and their carers. One of thier aims is to provide educational programs to build knowledge and understanding of dementia within the community.

They are currently offering two free courses.

  • Preventing Dementia: The course investigates the best available evidence about dementia prevention, drawing on a range of expertise from around the globe. The course is suited to everyone - whether you are an individual with an interest in brain health and/or dementia risk reduction, or an allied health professional, clinician, aged care service provider or health professional. This course is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Understanding Dementia: Course content includes how the brain is affected by the diseases that cause dementia, symptoms, diagnosis, stages and management, and personal and carers’ perspectives of living with dementia. This world-leading online course is free, easily accessible and available to everyone with an interest in dementia.

Duration

  • Preventing Dementia - 4 weeks, 2 hours per week
  • Understanding Dementia - 7 weeks, 3 hours per week

How to access the Courses

Visit their website here to enrol.

3. Dementa Training Australia - Online Course

Dementia Training Australia provide education and resources for the workforce. They aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and the staff who support them. They offer events, free online courses, resources and tools as well as relevant news stories and articles.

Some of their great online courses include:

  • Caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people with dementia
  • Dementia discovery
  • Community care and dementia
  • Understanding responsive behaviours

Duration

Courses range from 15 minutes to 6 hours

How to access the Courses

Visit their website here to enrol.

4. Dementia Training Australia - 'Dementia Essentials 3 day Course

Dementia Training Australia also offer a comprensive accreddited course 'Dementia Essentials' which is run in-person. This FREE course explores strategies to assist with good communication, planning, developing appropriate activities and understanding changed behaviour in people living with dementia.

Duration

  • 3 x 6 hour sessions

How to access the Courses

The course is run at various locations and is FREE! Visit their website for upcoming course locations here

Please note these courses are not affiliated with Five Good Friends