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Preventing Dementia MOOC
Enrolments are now open for our FREE, five week Massive Open Online Course Preventing Dementia. This 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 policy professional.
Bachelor of Dementia Care
The Bachelor of Dementia Care is Australia's first degree in dementia care. It is available to domestic or international students, from carers to health professionals and anyone with an interest in studying dementia. This course will develop your specialised knowledge in this field so that you can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
Sue Pieters-Hawke at the Wicking Centre
Many thanks to Sue Pieters-Hawke, National Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia and daughter of Bob and Hazel Hawke, for visiting the Wicking Centre and holding a public lecture ‘Creating Better Care – Reflections on Dealing with Dementia’.
Sue shared her experiences as an active writer, media commentator and consultant within the healthy ageing and aged care space. Sue also provided insight into her own personal experiences of dementia, drawing upon her 2011 bestselling book, Hazel, My Mother’s Story.
Community Forums Invitation
Researchers from the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre will be conducting forums throughout Tasmania on dementia friendly communities. Any adult individuals, business owners or community organisations with an interest in dementia can attend. We particularly welcome those who are currently living with dementia or are carers of people with dementia.
Support for Further Study into Dementia
Dementia research at the University of Tasmania has received $100,000 in grants to support the work of two Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre researchers.
Lecturer Dr Jenna Ziebell received a $50,000 Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation Project Grant, to investigate the role of inflammatory cells in the brain in regulating the connections between nerve cells in dementia.
A $50,000 grant was also received by lecturer Doctor Claire Eccleston, to research the community’s knowledge of dementia.
Wicking Centre funding boost set to benefit those living with dementia worldwide
The University ‘s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre has received close to $4 million dollars to support a major expansion of its programs to build dementia literacy, and to undertake evaluations and clinical trials to examine their impact in the community.
The Wicking Centre would like to congratulate the recent graduates in our dementia care degrees, including Associate Degree of Dementia Care, Diploma of Dementia Care and Bachelor of Dementia Care.
The Bachelor of Dementia Care degree is the first undergraduate dementia care degree in Australia – this is an important landmark in preparing the Australian workforce to better address the needs of people living with dementia.
What a fantastic achievement – well done everyone!
Wicking Annual Report 2016
The Wicking Annual Report informs stakeholders and collaborators of our research and educational activities and achievements throughout 2016.
Dementia Education Program Recognised Nationally
The University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre has been recognised nationally at the 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching, in Canberra.
As part of the accolade the centre also received $25,000 to reinvest in the program.
World leading dementia research
Wicking is a centre of excellence for research, education and support for those affected by dementia. Projects are being carried out in Tasmania and nationally, across research fields such as neuroscience, medicine, nursing, psychology and sociology, health, economics and policy.
This research provides evidence based guidelines in the management of patient care and supports health service professionals through educational initiatives and collaborative research programs.
This research involves following groups of people over time in order to determine genetic and environmental risk factors for dementia.
Donate to the Wicking Centre
By making a donation you can make a real difference for future generations in the field of dementia research and education. Help us support carers and patients through continuing to deliver free online education such as the Understanding Dementia MOOC (Massive Online Open Course).
Since inception over 70,000 carers, family members, friends and health professionals from over 170 countries have participated in this nine week course, increasing awareness globally and improving care for loved ones.