Graduate Certificate in Dementia (M5X)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 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

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1

Be at the forefront of innovation to address dementia, the major health and social issue of the 21st century.

The Graduate Certificate in Dementia offers a cross-disciplinary understanding of dementia and its impact on individuals, societies and governments. Graduates will possess a range of knowledge and perspectives to inform their professional and personal support for the needs of people with dementia. As expectations increase around person-centred care, and decision making informed by a deep knowledge of dementia, a variety of opportunities may become available for those with postgraduate qualifications in dementia.

The rising prevalence of dementia is creating new challenges and a pressing need for change in the way our systems and practices support people who live with dementia. This program will equip you with the expertise to lead transformation, based on the latest evidence.

Course information:

  • Fully online and flexible with modular content suitable for a wide variety of study approaches
  • Easy to navigate and accessible across a range of devices
  • Personal perspectives highlighted in assessments linking acquired knowledge to individual contexts.
  • Relevant and up-to-date course information

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Dementia are eligible to continue their studies into the Graduate Diploma of Dementia or Master of Dementia with all four units, or 50 credit points, of advanced standing.

The Wicking Dementia Centre

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre is at the forefront of translational research of relevance to people with dementia and their carers, and provides a range of innovative educational programs on dementia. The Wicking Dementia Centre undertakes multidisciplinary research around three main themes – the Care, Cause and Prevention of Dementia. Educational programs are closely interlinked with the Centre’s research programs.

The Wicking Dementia Centre, a flagship of the University's College of Health and Medicine, was established in 2008 and is core-funded by the J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust (managed by Equity Trustees) with significant contributions from the University of Tasmania.

Career outcomes

We anticipate career outcomes using wide and thorough knowledge of dementia and its effects, depending on the student's background. These may include:

  • Specialist roles and policy input for residential care or community facilities
  • Government or private roles dealing with policy and governance related to people with dementia and their carers
  • Roles that inform and design practice around care, with a strong person-centred focus
  • Augmented clinical skills for students with a health-professional background

Course structure

Core Units

This unit examines social, therapeutic and environmental factors influencing the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, and their carers. The impact of dementia on individuals, and provision for the rights and needs of people with dementia, are the focus…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit examines the neurobiology, pathology and disease processes of the primary diseases causing dementia. Damage andpathology are contextualised in terms of the functions of the nervous system, providing insights to the causes, symptoms andprogression of the most common dementias.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit examines the effect of policies and systems on the societal impact of dementia, and the effective provision of support, services and resources to people with dementia and the people who care for them, including approaches enabling independent living…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit examines the evidence base for, and the potential impact of, public health interventions aimed at (1) reducing the incidence of dementia in the general population, and (2) improving quality of life for those living with dementia. The large…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor degree in a health discipline, social work or psychology (AQF7/equivalent from a recognised institution)
  • A bachelor degree (AQF7 equivalent) in another field, PLUS EITHER a year of full time (equivalent) work experience in dementia/aged care, neurobiology, heath systems/services or public health, OR successful prior completion of four units from the Diploma of Dementia Care (M1D)
  • We recommend that candidates complete the Understanding Dementia MOOC prior to enrolment, if their previous degree is not related to dementia.
  • For International Applicants an IELTS score with an overall band of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0) is required or other approved method of meeting UTAS English language requirements.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students studying this course can be provided with a Commonwealth Supported Place, allowing for access to HECS-HELP loan. For more information please visit the StudyAssist website.

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses.

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

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $6,000 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $12,000 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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