Why study dementia care?
We provide students with a deep knowledge of the conditions related to dementia, including changes that occur in the brain, behaviours and needs associated with those changes, and the practical strategies necessary to help care for people living with dementia.
You will gain advanced problem-solving skills, along with an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice. Graduates will be prepared for a range of career paths in the aged care and health sectors.
The University is home to the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, a global leader in dementia research and the largest provider of dementia education. We will help you develop specialised knowledge in this field so that you can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
Our courses are fully online with no exams, face-to-face study, or workplace assessments. Dedicated Student Advisers are on-hand throughout the course, providing support and guidance throughout your studies. These programs can be studied full-time or part-time.
- Be guided by our global experts from our world renowned Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.
- Study at the first Australian university to offer a course specifically focused on dementia.
- Study online in a flexible part-time or full-time environment.
Careers in dementia care
There are almost 450,000 people in Australia who are living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number is forecast to rise to almost 1 million by 2050. (Dementia Australia 2018).
Graduates from these courses may find work in a range of career paths such as in the aged care industry in both the public and private sectors, community care and service, health care or as a pathway to undertaking further study in graduate health programs.
Health workers and professionals with greater knowledge and skills in dementia care will be critical in delivering enhanced capacity to a sector which is facing an enormous challenge both now and into the future with the increasing prevalence of dementia. Graduates of our courses may be suited to the growing number of healthcare positions that include a dementia focus, as well as leadership in care organisations.
- Aged care
- Dementia care
- Health support worker
- Aged care leadership
- Aged care policy
- Aged care navigation
- Healthy ageing advisor
- Community development and support