Understanding Dementia | Free online course

As my blog becomes more exposed, so do I! The wonders of the internet, and having global networks and new friends never ceases to amaze me, a farm kid who spent the earliest part of her life without electricity or running water. I’ve become slightly involved with some delightful researchers from Tasmania, and at their request, I am very happy to give their new course a plug here.

The University of Tasmania | Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre | Understanding Dementia

The University of Tasmania’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, is an 11-week online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia. It’s free and anyone can register.

The curriculum covers all aspects of dementia including basic brain anatomy, pathology, dementia research, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, medical management, living with dementia, progression and staging, palliation, behaviours and therapeutic approaches.

The content is delivered by 12 experts in the field of dementia including neuroscientists, health scientists, clinicians, dementia care professionals and people with dementia.

Participants will have an opportunity to engage with the material via video clips, activities, scenarios and quizzes (no assignments or exams). Furthermore, they will have an opportunity to meet an international network of peers online to discuss the key issues surrounding dementia.

The course content will be released on July 29th 2013.

For further information, or to register for the course, visit their website. Below is a short YouTube clip about the course.

Understanding Dementia Free course

Understanding Dementia MOOC Poster

6 thoughts on “Understanding Dementia | Free online course

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  2. Would like to know if traveling is involved, and how would you get the certificate . Sounds very interesting I work with dementia clients and would like to know more as this would help me forward in life.


    • I’m sure you’ll find it very useful. I did a 3 week pilot of the course recently, and think it will become a terrific tool for service providers to train their staff more fully in dementia, but also very useful for families caring for a loved one with dementia. There is much more informative than the short Memory Loss courses run here in Australia.


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