This unit explores the concepts of mental health well-being and dementia care. The content of this unit is informed by expert practitioners, including the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, to ensure you will study current and supportive approaches to care. You will develop proficiency in differentiating the three 'D's' of dementia, delirium and depression, and managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). A key focus will be on enabling service- design that considers each person as an individual, as well as a product of their country, religion, ethnic background, language, and family system.
|Unit name||Mental Health Well-Being and Dementia Care|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
|Coordinator||Ms Hazel Bucher|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||Delivered wholly by the provider|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Apply your knowledge of pathophysiology to the assessment of dementia and mental health in older adults.
- Critically appraise your own and current concepts of mental health wellbeing in the older adult.
- Analyse philosophies and practice to support the older person with BPSD.
- Demonstrate your understanding of service-design models for bpsd through your critical evaluation of existing designs and your ability to design a service that considers each person as an individual, as well as a product of their country, religion, ethnic background, language, and family system.
- Demonstrate an ability to transmit your knowledge and ideas to others using professional language.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.
|Assessment||Quiz (20%)|Critical Reflection on Practice (20%)|Service Design (60%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
You will need access to the following texts:
Byrne, G & Neville, C 2010, Community mental health for older people, Elsevier, Sydney.
Martins, R 2013, Understanding Alzheimer’s. The complete Australian guide to the management and prevention of dementia, MacMillan, Australia.
Moyle, W, Parker, D & Bramble, M 2014, Care of older adults: A strengths-based approach, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, VIC, Ch. 7.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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