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Preventing Dementia MOOC

The Preventing Dementia MOOC is a FREE, four-week Massive Open Online Course addressing a key public health issue. With dementia now the leading cause of death worldwide, risk reduction is more important than ever. It is never too late to do something good for the brain and reduce your risk.

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.

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Understanding Dementia MOOC

The University of Tasmania's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, is an easily accessible 7 week online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia. It is FREE and anyone can enrol.

The ageing of human populations across the globe has contributed to dementia being identified as one of the major public health issues of the 21st century. The MOOC curriculum addresses this health issue by drawing upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals from both within the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and beyond.

Since 2013, 155,000 people have enrolled in the course from more than 180 countries.

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Bachelor of Dementia Care

The Dementia Care Program is Australia's first fully online degree specifically focused on dementia. It is available to domestic or international students, from carers to health professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about dementia. Graduates from the Program will be equipped to become specialists in dementia care across both public and private health care sectors.

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What's Happening

Tasmanian Aboriginal Community the Focus of Latest Dementia Education Funding

The Circular Head Aboriginal community in Tasmania, will receive support to improve its dementia knowledge through the Wicking Centre's Bachelor of Dementia Care, thanks to a recent grant of close to $835,000.

Dementia and Alzheimer's Research Receives $2.6m in Funding

University of Tasmania research into dementia and Alzheimer's disease has received a boost of just over $2.6 million in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants round. One of the recipients, Associate Professor Anna King from the Wicking Centre, is receiving $720,144.00 for her project; Detecting Biomarkers of Brain Health in Dementia.

Stress a key factor in Alzheimer's deterioration

Research undertaken by the Wicking Centre shows that high stress may be a major contributor to the development of Alzheimer's disease. The study involved investigating the relationship between elevated stress hormones and the development of amyloid plaques - one of the earliest indicators in the brain of Alzheimer's disease.

Exploring New Models of Dementia Care

A new program will model new roles for graduates of the University of Tasmania's Bachelor of Dementia Care to support the development of dementia care practice in residential aged care homes.

The $250,000 Improving Dementia Care Program is an exciting collaboration between the University's Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, Masonic Care Tasmania and the Masonic Centenary Medical Research Foundation.

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 155,000 carers, family members, friends and health professionals from over 180 countries have participated in this course, increasing awareness globally and improving care for loved ones.

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