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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 Now 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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Wicking Dementia Centre News

Life changing – how our MOOCs and Degree courses can change your life and career

Hear from our August Dementia Care Degree Program graduates and listen to how their experiences in the program have changed their lives.



Danielle Dyce, Bachelor of Dementia Care Graduand



Ian Sutherland, Diploma of Dementia Care Graduand


Learn about the development of a new role in aged care for a graduate of the Dementia Care Degree Program. Over two years this project explored the implementation of the Dementia Care Support Worker role, a new role for a care worker who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Dementia Care. The goal of this project was to develop the role, evaluate its impact and generate a framework for modelling roles in aged care, which capitalise on the strengths of Bachelor of Dementia Care graduates in care roles.

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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