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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.

Enrol NowExpress Interest for February 2020

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 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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AFL great to use profile and experience to encourage others to reduce their risks of dementia

Alastair Lynch is well versed in the conversation on health and preventative action. ‘Lynchie’ as he is fondly referred to, is one of the all-time greats of AFL football, with a career which spanned 17 years and 306 games at the highest level.

In 1995 it was a mystery illness of unexplained fatigue that saw Alastair bed-ridden for much of the time and sleeping 18 hours a day. Diagnosis was difficult and medical treatment unknown to effectively treat or cure his body’s breakdown. Incorporating the professional learning applied at the Brisbane Lions Football Club where the focus was firmly on those things that could be controlled rather than those that couldn’t, he decided to do the same with his own health.

A massive open online course (MOOC) promises to improve understanding of dementia on a global scale.

In a paper published last month in Science of Learning, a partner journal of Nature, a research team from the University of Tasmania assessed the effectiveness of a nine-week Understanding Dementia MOOC (UDMOOC) across enrolled participants. The 42 per cent who completed the course showed “substantial improvements” in knowledge.

Published by Aged Care Insite

Published by Aged Care Insite

Research shows dementia education makes a difference

The importance of education to support people living with dementia, their families, nurses and aged care workers has been highlighted in the latest research published by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. Published this week in the Nature Partner Journal Science of Learning, the research measured the effectiveness of the Understanding Dementia MOOC on dementia understanding. Learn about the Wicking Dementia Centre’s MOOCs at

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 155,000 carers, family members, friends and health professionals from over 180 countries have participated in this course, increasing awareness globally and improving care for loved ones.

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