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The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre was born of philanthropy in 2008. Its genesis was possible due to the generosity and foresight of philanthropists John and Janet Wicking. Their desire to make a difference in the field of dementia is being realised in the establishment and ongoing work of the Centre that proudly bears their name. To date the J.O. and J.R. Wicking Trust (Equity Trustees) has pledged almost $8 million in support of the Wicking Dementia Centre.

Dementia has a profound impact on individuals, families and communities and the number of people with dementia across the world increases every year as our global population ages. Dementia is now one of the most significant health, social and economic issues of the 21st Century. In Australia nearly ½ million people are currently living with dementia – and this will double by 2050.

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 have created a collaborative environment of researchers and global specialists who are working together to advance progress across the cause, prevention and care of dementia.

We really need the knowledge in Africa that you are offering us, for the sake of people living with dementia, and their families and caregivers

We seek your support to continue delivering free accessible dementia education globally and improving the lives of those living with dementia. Our courses provide high quality, evidence-based education to people from all backgrounds who are affected by dementia.


  • Or you can post a cheque (payable to the University of Tasmania) to Private Bag 40 Hobart Tasmania 7001 with a completed donation form, available here ( 4.2 MB).
  • Or contact us on 1800 982 600 or email Dementia.Care@utas.edu.au for further information.
  • All donations over $2 are tax deductible (in Australia). Donations can be made to the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre through the University of Tasmania.

Honours Student Anna Brain with Ms Rhonda Ewart

The goal of the Wicking Dementia Centre is to provide education about this condition for carers, families and professionals to help improve the quality of care and safety for people living with dementia, and to help people reduce their risk of developing dementia. Since our first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was launched in 2012, we have reached over 300,000 people – families, carers and health care professionals from Australia to China to Kenya… Everyone can access our free MOOCs to help learn about dementia and positively assist those living with dementia.

Rhonda Ewart, the University’s longest serving employee, established a scholarship in perpetuity to a student undertaking Honours with the University’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

Bequest Planning

Leaving a bequest to the Wicking Dementia Centre will greatly assist in our goal to continue delivering accessible dementia education globally and improving the lives of those impacted by dementia.

If you would like to find out more about leaving a bequest to the Wicking Dementia Centre, please contact the University of Tasmania Advancement Office by telephone +61 3 6226 1920 or email university.giving@utas.edu.au. The following information may assist with your bequest planning.

Our legal name is: Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre – University of Tasmania. Following is an example of wording you could use for your will and information for your solicitor or trust manager.

I give, devise, bequeath and appoint the sum of $XXX (written amount) (or x% of my estate or the residue of my estate) to the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, the University of Tasmania, of Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, ABN 30 764 374 782, for research, bursaries, scholarships or general purposes relating to the education of students of the University of Tasmania, to be administered at the sole discretion of the University Council.  I declare that the receipt of the Principal Accounting Officer of the University is to be sufficient discharge to my executors.

If the bequest recommends a specific purpose, it is useful to include a simple clause which allows the University to use the bequest for another purpose if at some stage in the future the original intention should become impossible.

Should it be at any time impossible or impracticable for the University to use the funds as directed by me, I declare that the University Council in its absolute discretion may apply the fund, including capital and any accumulated funds, for whatever purpose the Council determines most closely aligns with my original intentions in making this bequest.

There are currently more than
46.8 million
people worldwide living with dementia today and hundreds of millions involved in care.