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Mental Health Well-Being and Dementia Care CNA427


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
Unit code CNA427
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mrs Michele Prior
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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
060311 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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Teaching Pattern

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.

AssessmentQuiz (20%)|Critical Reflection on Practice (30%)|Service Design (50%)
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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.

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