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Diploma of Dementia Care

100% HECS Waiver Available

Course Introduction

The Diploma of Dementia Care is a fully online, eight-unit program available to carers, aged care, community and health industry workers and anyone with an interest in learning more about dementia.

It provides graduates with 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. Individuals with backgrounds in healthcare, community service and allied health professionals, may find this course useful to broaden knowledge base and scope of practice.

It is suitable for those with or without formal education qualifications, and articulation into further study at Associate Degree and Bachelor level is available upon successful completion.

A condition as serious as dementia requires a special type of care – and a special type of person to provide it. Our course will develop your specialised understanding of dementia so that you can make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

Learn from our global experts, with all our education programs informed by the latest research evidence.

Dementia is a neurological condition that affects tens of millions of people across the globe – one that poses significant challenges to their quality of life as well as that of their families and communities. 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.

Duration: 8 units
Study Load: Full-time or Part-time
Intake: February, July and October (Spring School)
Study mode: Fully online
  • 100% HECS waiver is available.
  • No pre-requisites, each application is considered
  • Course is delivered entirely online, with no face to face component
  • No exams (assessments may include quizzes, discussion boards, essays, and presentations)
  • Flexible, full time and part time study options are available
  • A full time study load is 3-4 units per semester; part time is 1-2 units per semester
  • Units offered across two semesters per year
  • Each unit will require 8-10 hours each week for study
  • Dedicated Student Advisors guide students’ learning

Students who are new to online learning, are returning to study or are currently in the workforce are advised to consider part-time enrolment in their first semester.

Learning Pathway in Diploma of Dementia Care

Foundation units (CAD005 and CAD003) should be completed first
CAD005 is a pre-requisite for CAD101
CAD115 is a pre-requisite for CAD113

CAD003 Inclusive Pathway

(Study the 8 units in this column)

XBR121 Inclusive Pathway

(Study the 8 units in this column)

Students who have not completed a Diploma awarded within 10 years, or who have tertiary education experience greater than 10 years ago, shall study CAD003.

Students who have completed a Diploma awarded within 10 years, or with complete or incomplete tertiary education experience less than 10 years ago, shall study XBR121.

CAD005 Neurospeak Online

CAD005 Neurospeak Online

CAD003 Introduction to General Studies in Dementia in Australia

XBR121 The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia

CAD104 Principles of Supportive Care for People with Dementia

CAD104 Principles of Supportive Care for People with Dementia

CAD115 Health Services for an Ageing Population

CAD115 Health Services for an Ageing Population

CAD101 Introduction to Ageing, the Brain and Dementia

CAD101 Introduction to Ageing, the Brain and Dementia

CAD116 Introduction to Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia

CAD116 Introduction to Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia

CAD117 Effective Communication for Dementia Care

CAD117 Effective Communication for Dementia Care

CAD113 Inter-professional Education and Practice in Dementia Care

CAD113 Inter-professional Education and Practice in Dementia Care

You can download the course structure here ( 130.9 KB) .

What does it cost?

Waiver/Discount Amount (conditions apply)
DOMESTIC students 100% HECS waiver to eligible students.
NEW ZEALAND students Tuition fees discounted to AUD625 per unit.
INTERNATIONAL students 50% discount on international tuition fees.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is payable by the student. (In 2020 fees are $46.20 per 12.5 credit point unit, capped at $308 per annum).

Further study and Recognition of Prior Learning

Upon completion of the Diploma of Dementia Care, students may consider further studies. The Diploma of Dementia Care will count as year 1 toward the Associate Degree in Dementia Care and the Bachelor of Dementia Care.

Prior education at a tertiary or TAFE level (or equivalent) may also be considered as being counted as credit toward the Diploma. Contact Student Support - DementiaCare.Support@utas.edu.au - for more information.

For some students (depending on existing level of education), study will also be available in the Master of Dementia Program.

Visit our website at www.utas.edu.au/wicking for more information.