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Dementia Care

Learn from the global leaders in dementia education and help lead positive change.

Globally around 50 million people - including 472,000 Australians - are living with dementia, with 10 million new cases diagnosed every year. The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre is a global leader in dementia research and education, and we offer leading online education, based on the latest research. This education is suitable for everyone at any stage of their career who share our mission to transform the understanding of dementia worldwide.

The Wicking Dementia Centre is unique in Australia as an integrated dementia centre that is active across a range of disciplines, seeking to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

Our courses in dementia care and ageing are appropriate for people who want to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of others and are working or would like to work, in the health and community sector.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Diploma of Dementia Care

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Online

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Bachelor of Dementia Care

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time
Online

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Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Online

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Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care

0.5 year, up to 1 year part-time
Online

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Make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families.

Taught by the Wicking Dementia Centre, global leaders in dementia education.

Fully online, with assessments including quizzes, discussion board activities, oral presentations and written assignments.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees

Pathways

If you're not sure which diploma is right for you, listen to our course coordinators as they discuss the differences between our two diploma courses to help you decide which is the best option for you.

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Study options

Dementia Care

Our Dementia Care study options are designed for broad audiences, from caregivers to health professionals, and anyone with an interest in learning more about dementia. These courses provide graduates with the knowledge to make a difference in the health and community sector in a range of roles which will be critical in delivering enhanced capacity to a sector which is facing an enormous challenge.

These courses are aimed at those providing care for people living with dementia. Individuals with backgrounds in healthcare, community service and allied health, may find these courses useful to broaden their knowledge base and scope of practice.

Dementia is a neurological condition that affects tens of millions of people across the globe. During these courses, you will gain a deeper knowledge of the condition, the changes that occur in the brain, the behaviours and needs associated with the changes, and the practical strategies necessary to care for people living with dementia.

Ageing Studies and Services

Our study option in ageing studies and services provides a holistic understanding of ageing and older people. This program is suitable for anyone who is working with older people, and who seeks to advocate for them as well as support older people in maintaining and achieving quality of life. As such, the knowledge developed through ageing studies and services is vital for those working with older people across a variety of sectors, including the social and community sectors as well as aged care services.

Your studies will cover social and biological aspects of ageing and older age; age-related discrimination; public health understandings; mental health and wellbeing; and administrative processes related to policy and aged care.

Globally the population is ageing. It is vital that our social services and infrastructures are re-imagined and redesigned to support this change.

Postgraduate study

The Master of Dementia Program provides a global perspective of this key public health area. It offers a Graduate Certificate in Dementia, a Graduate Diploma of Dementia and a Master of Dementia.

This program is aimed at graduates and professionals currently working within, or building their expertise in, a field related to dementia.

The courses offer a comprehensive understanding of dementia from the perspectives of individuals, families, communities, health care systems and governments, and cover the neurobiology of dementia, including pathology, biomarkers and therapeutics.

More information here.

Course breakdown

1

Diploma of Dementia Care

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.

100 credit points (eight units of study)

An eight-unit course suitable for those with or without formal qualifications.

Dementia is a neurological condition that affects tens of millions of people across the globe. During this course, you will gain a deeper knowledge of the condition, the changes that occur in the brain, the behaviours and needs associated with the changes, and the practical strategies necessary to care for people living with dementia.

The Diploma leads into the Bachelor degree with full credit if you wish to continue your studies.

2

Bachelor of Dementia Care

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.

300 credit points (24 units of study)

The Bachelor degree is built on 16 units that develop specialist knowledge of dementia and dementia care to enable the delivery of best practice care.

Your remaining 8 units of study allow you customise your learning experience with a choice from any dementia, health and ageing units offered by the College of Health and Medicine, or many of the other units offered at the University. You can also use this space in your degree to complete an optional major in Ageing Studies and Services.

3

Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.

100 credit points (eight units of study)

An eight-unit course which provides a holistic understanding of ageing and older people.

This includes knowledge of the social and biological aspects of ageing, chronicity and multimorbidity, age-related discrimination and prejudice, public health understandings, and administrative processes related to policy and aged care.

Career outcomes

Amanda Crombie, Bachelor of Dementia Care Graduate

"As a direct result of studying this degree, I have a really deep understanding of the experience of dementia, and it’s given me the skills to support people to live well with dementia."

Read more about Amanda's story

Graduates may find work in a range of career paths within the aged care industry, in both the public and private sectors. This course provides graduates with the knowledge to make a difference in the health and community sector in a range of roles which will be critical in delivering enhanced capacity to a sector which is facing an enormous challenge. Hear from our current students and graduates.

They can also transition into further study in graduate health programs. If you have a background in healthcare, community service or allied health, these courses will broaden your knowledge and scope of practice.

*ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Medical and Other Healthcare Services Sector

14.8%

increase projected by 2024*

Social Assistance Services

17.9%

increase projected by 2024*

Residential Care Services

10.8%

increase projected by 2024*

Study Experiences

Emma Elaine, Bachelor of Dementia Care student

"My goal is to provide a tangible difference in quality care for dementia. I’ve loved the course because it’s so specific, just focusing on the one field… you build a bigger picture of dementia… from a personal perspective and the care… and social impact."

Watch Emma's story

If you have successfully completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or any University level study in the past, you may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing (Recognition of Prior Learning-RPL) for the Diploma of Dementia Care or Bachelor of Dementia Care. In some cases, workplace experience may also be considered. Once you have accepted your offer for study, please contact Dementia.Care@utas.edu.au for more information.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is not given for the completion of either the Understanding Dementia or Preventing Dementia MOOCs.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

If you have any questions about our courses, including how to apply for Advanced Standing (Recognition of Prior Learning) if you have already completed tertiary qualifications, please contact the Wicking Dementia Centre at dementia.care@utas.edu.au.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of, and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.