Graduate Diploma of Dementia (M6X)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1 Year, 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

Online
Semester 1, Semester 2

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Year, 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.

Entry requirements

Location

Online
Semester 1, Semester 2

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

The Graduate Diploma in Dementia offers a research-literate, cross-disciplinary understanding of dementia and its impact on individuals, societies and governments. Graduates will have a range of knowledge and perspectives, and the ability to engage with primary research literature across disciplines, 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 knowledge of dementia and the ability to evaluate published evidence, a variety of professional and leadership opportunities may become available for those with postgraduate qualifications in dementia.

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.

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 Diploma of Dementia are eligible to continue their studies into the Master of Dementia with all eight units, or 100 credit points, of advanced standing.

  • 1 Draw on their body of knowledge and the perspectives and personal experiences of people with dementia and their carers, neuroscience, public health, clinical processes, health care systems, and social care systems to design solutions to problems that are context appropriate.
  • 2 Evaluate the quality of evidence informing strategies, systems and practices aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers in communities, health systems and social care systems
  • 3 Use and adapt information and evidence from a wide range of local and global perspectives on dementia, as they apply to individuals, organisations, governments and communities
  • 4 Engage with a global community of learners in dementia to share knowledge and perspectives
  • 5 Effectively communicate knowledge and advice on strategies for dementia care and prevention, in a variety of contexts, using primary evidence and knowledge of research techniques where appropriate.
  • 6 Demonstrate consideration of the lived experience of people with dementia and their carers when designing and implementing practices and policies
  • 7 Approach the issues of dementia care, research and prevention in a legally, ethically, socially and culturally responsible manner.
  • Career outcomes

    Depending on your background and experience, career opportunities may include:

    • Leadership roles in the health, community or aged care sector
    • Designing and implementing dementia related policy in the public or private sector
    • Senior clinical roles and clinical leadership (for students with a health-professional background), driving evidence-based practice and clinical redesign
    • Advocacy or advisory roles in the health, community or aged care sector

    Course structure

    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
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    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 and pathology are contextualised in terms of the functions of the nervous system, providing insights to the causes, symptoms and progression of the most…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    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
    OnlineSemester 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
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    This unit provides students with a working knowledge of the major research methods and design approaches used to build the evidence base in health and social care, neurobiology, policies and systems, and public health. We examine major research methods and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Choose three elective units from the following:

    This unit engages students with the primary research literature dealing with factors influencing the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, and their carers. Community strategies and social programmes focused on supporting healthy autonomous life for people with dementia, are…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit engages students with the primary research literature in the neurobiology of dementia, including pathological and functional research, and a range of models and outcomes used to assess potential therapeutics. Genetics, lifestyle risk factors, biomarkers, imaging techniques and assays…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit engages students with the primary research literature in policies and systems focused on meeting the needs of people with dementia. Factors such as budget, access, equity and culture are considered in appraising the approaches taken by governments and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit engages students with the primary research literature in public health policies and the design of interventions related to dementia. The evidence base for existing and proposed interventions is examined, and across multiple countries the question of effective use…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    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.

    Admission to most postgraduate coursework courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree. Applicants must achieve the required grade in their qualifying studies, meet any prerequisite subjects, and meet English language requirements to be eligible for an offer.

    English Language Requirements

    For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

    Course Specific Requirements

    • A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an Australian university at AQF7 level or the equivalent standard in a recognized tertiary institution, in the domains of Health, Social Work or Psychology.
    • OR an undergraduate degree from an Australian university at AQF7 level or the equivalent standard in a recognized tertiary institution, WITH at least one year full time (or equivalent) experience in dementia care, aged care, neurobiology, health systems and services or public health
    • OR an undergraduate degree from an Australian university at AQF7 level or the equivalent standard in a recognized tertiary institution, WITH successful completion of FOUR units from the Diploma of Dementia Care (DipDemCare, M1D).

    Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

    This course articulates from the Bachelor of Dementia Care (BDC).

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $13,000 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $13,000 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.

    How can we help?

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    Domestic
    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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