Courses & Units

Effective Communication with People with Dementia and their carers CAD204


This unit has been discontinued.


This unit is fully online


This unit will address the importance and challenges of effective and positive communication in the care of people who are living with dementia. It builds upon the concepts of person-centred and relationship-centred care introduced in CAD104. You will learn about communication theory, how communication is affected by dementia, and how impaired communication can contribute to behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Strategies to maximise effective communication with people who have dementia are explored, including therapeutic communication interventions. You will develop your knowledge about issues that affect inter-professional communication in dementia care, and learn strategies to enhance communication with health care professionals, family members, and others involved in the care and support of people with dementia.


Unit name Effective Communication with People with Dementia and their carers
Unit code CAD204
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Melissa Abela

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2019: $1,369.00 2019: $8,750.00 060101

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Teaching Pattern

Internet-dependent activities


Journal (20%), short answer questions (up to 300 words each) (50%), oral presentation (30%).

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