Courses & Units

Effective Communication for Dementia Care CAD117


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 communication and how to incorporate theories and strategies to maximise effective communication.

You will learn about the process of reflection and develop your reflective skills.

You will develop knowledge about contextual (e.g. environmental and social) issues that affect communication in dementia care. You will learn to acknowledge the importance of all communication partners, including people living with dementia, family members, and others providing support and care.


Unit name Effective Communication for Dementia Care
Unit code CAD117
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Doctor Hoang Nguyen|Mrs Sladana Pavkovic
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 31/10/2022 23/11/2022 27/12/2022 19/2/2023
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe contemporary communication theories in the context of dementia care
  • Discuss factors that affect communication for people with dementia
  • Analyse and apply strategies to support communicating with people living with dementia, their family members, and others involved in care
  • Apply principles of reflective practice to communication with people living with dementia
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060101 $1,425.00 $1,425.00 not applicable $1,500.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

AssessmentPresentation and written reflection (35%)|Reflection (30%)|Report (35%)
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