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Preventing Dementia MOOC

Preventing Dementia is a FREE, online 4-week course. It provides the latest evidence on key risk and protective factors for dementia. What’s good for the heart is good for the brain and it’s never too early or too late to do something to reduce your risk of dementia. The latest research suggests that approximately one third of dementia cases may be preventable by addressing modifiable risk factors, which are highlighted in this course.

The course runs twice per year, in May and October.

FREE Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed and delivered by global experts, based on the latest research and suitable for everyone, everywhere.

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Understanding Dementia MOOC

Understanding Dementia is a FREE, online 7-week course. It examines the diseases that cause dementia, how they impact the person with dementia and the treatments and care practices that enhance quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers. The course will address issues around the ageing populations across the globe which are contributing to dementia being identified as one of the major public health issues of the 21st century.

The course runs twice per year, in February and July.

FREE Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed and delivered by global experts, based on the latest research and suitable for everyone, everywhere.

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University qualifications

The Wicking Dementia Centre is a global leader in dementia research and education, with a mission to transform the understanding of dementia worldwide and to build a workforce to lead positive change in ageing and dementia care. We conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research with a focus in three key areas of care, prevention and cause.

Based on the latest research, the Wicking Dementia Centre offers the Diploma of Dementia Care; Dementia Care Degree Program; the Bachelor of Ageing and Dementia Studies and the opportunity to undertake Postgraduate study in Dementia. Whether you wish to increase your knowledge of dementia care, become a leader in contemporary issues relating to aged and dementia care in an ageing Australia, or understand the challenges within global health systems, the Wicking Dementia Centre has a course available for you.

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Graduation a highlight for Wicking Dementia Centre

This year’s summer graduations were a particular highlight for the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. The December ceremony marked 1000 students having graduated from the Bachelor of Dementia Care (BDC) program since the course’s inception in 2012.

The ceremony hosted 148 students from the BDC program with many graduates and their loved ones from Tasmania and across the country attending the ceremony, as well as the celebratory afternoon tea and lab tours held just prior to the event.

The graduation valedictory address was delivered by Ms Amanda Crombie (pictured), who graduated with a Bachelor of Dementia Care. Amanda acknowledged the support and inspiration she had received from fellow online students and Wicking Dementia Centre academic and professional staff. She also spoke of the great value of the course to her, both professionally as a registered nurse, and personally as her husband had himself developed dementia during her studies.

Mention Dementia Conversation Cards

Over the past 12 months, Dr Kathleen Doherty and Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt have been working on the Dementia Conversation Card project, funded through a Dementia Friendly Communities Grant from Dementia Australia. This is a resource to improve engagement with people living with dementia across the community through conversation.

Wicking Dementia Centre partners with Guild to improve dementia literacy

In July a partnership was formed with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to trial a delivery of the Understanding Dementia MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) via its online learning platform ‘GuildEd’. This follows requests from industry peak bodies, such as the Guild, to undertake the MOOC via their existing professional development platform.

Donate to the Wicking Dementia Centre

By making a donation you can make a real difference for future generations in the field of dementia research and education. Help us support carers and patients through continuing to deliver free online education such as the Understanding Dementia MOOC (Massive Online Open Course).

Since inception over 300,000 carers, family members, friends and health professionals from 179 countries have participated in this course, increasing awareness globally and improving care for loved ones.

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300,000
Enrolments in the Dementia MOOCs
179
UN-recognised countries participating in the Dementia MOOCs
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