Diploma of Dementia Care (M1D)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2, Spring school (extended)

Commonwealth Supported and Full Fee Paying places available (check your Letter of Offer for details)

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2, Spring school (extended)
This course, developed and delivered by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, is available through the College of Health and Medicine. Visit the Wicking Dementia Centre for more course information.

The Diploma of Dementia Care is a fully online, eight-unit program, specifically focused on dementia. It is available to carers, health professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about dementia. Articulation into further study at Associate Degree and Bachelor are available on completion of your Diploma.

With the rise in prevalence in dementia and the need to provide quality care in the community, health care centres and hospitals, and in residential care, it is becoming essential that health care workers in aged care develop specialised knowledge in this field so that you can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

This is a fully online course with no face to face or workplace assessment components.

Dementia is a neurological condition that affects tens of millions of people across the globe, posing significant challenges to people living with dementia, their families, communities and the health care sector. The Diploma of Dementia Care provides students with a deep knowledge of dementia, the changes that occur in the brain, the behaviours and needs associated with changes, and practical strategies necessary to help care for people living with dementia.

Students will gain advanced problem-solving skills, along with an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice. Upon completion of the Diploma you will be prepared for a range of career paths in the aged care and health sector.

Career outcomes

Over 400,000 Australians are currently living with dementia, this number increases every year. The impact on communities, families, governments and health professionals will be significant as these numbers increase.  Our workforce is currently ill equipped to help care for such large numbers of people living with dementia – by 2050, it is estimated that there will be over 900,000 people in Australia living with dementia.

Individuals with backgrounds in healthcare, community service and allied health professionals, may find study in this course advantageous. The Diploma of Dementia Care is particularly relevant to Aged Care Workers and health professionals wishing to develop their knowledge of dementia, to increase their confidence when working with people living with dementia and to enhance their practice.

Course structure

Core Units

Neuroscience is the study of how the nervous system works, how the cells of the system are organised and how they develop and change in the presence of common pathological conditions, including dementia. Through learning the fundamental principles of neuroscience,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This introductory unit will explore the concepts of physical and mental health and wellbeing in adult hood and during the ageing process. The basic concepts of understanding the biology of the brain and dementia will be introduced.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an overview of the journey through dementia from the perspective of people with dementia and their carers, identifying and responding to their needs. The unit introduces students to evidence-based approaches to supportive care, with the goal of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the concepts of inter-professional education, learning, and practice to facilitate optimum care for persons with dementia and their families…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will examine demographic trends in the ageing population along with social and cultural determinants of health and how these factors continue to shape the needs of older people in society. You will investigate how these needs…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will gain knowledge of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for dementia, and of contemporary strategies to dementia therapies. You will be introduced to varied approaches to supporting quality of life for people with dementia, including community-based…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit addresses the importance of communicating effectively and positively with people who have cognitive impairment and/or a diagnosis of dementia, and with those who provide support and care. You will learn about how the changes associated with dementia affect…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

And one of the following units
Students who have not completed a Diploma awarded within 10 years, or who have tertiary education experience greater than 10 years ago shall study CAD003 in Year 1.

In this unit, CAD003 General Studies in Dementia Care, you will cover three key areas: writing for success in tertiary study, study skills and critical thinking skills. This unit will develop your self-motivation, time management, planning, organisation and literacy skills.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

or
Students who have completed a Diploma awarded within 10 years, or with complete or incomplete tertiary education experience less than 10 years ago shall study XBR121 in Year 1. For these students, XBR121 can then not be used as a nominal Year 2 degree elective unit.

The swiftly rising prevalence of dementia is one of the most significant health, social and economic issues facing the world. The global challenge of dementia will require innovative solutions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on a case by case basis. We consider applicants from a broad range of life experiences and backgrounds, those with professional learning or formal study qualifications and skills and those entering University study as a mature age student with little previous formal qualifications and/ or experience in this field, and year 12 leavers.

There are no formal pre-requisites, however a good level of computer competency and willingness to engage in online learning is highly recommended.

Additional requirements for international students

You may need to provide evidence of your English language ability if you live in a country where English is NOT the official language.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Waiver/Discount Amount (conditions apply)
DOMESTIC students 100% HECS waiver to eligible students.
NEW ZEALAND students Tuition fees discounted to AUD $625 per unit.
INTERNATIONAL students 50% discount on international tuition fees.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is payable by the student. (In 2020 fees are $46.20 per 12.5 credit point unit, capped at $308 per annum).

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2020 Total Course Fee (international students): $17,950 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $17,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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