About the program
Our postgraduate courses focus on four core disciplines: neurobiology, public health, health care systems and policy, and health and social support for living with dementia. It is fully online, and available for Australian and international students.
An international perspective threads all units with global examples and statistics, including national approaches to common problems as well as cross-cultural and indigenous people’s views and experiences. Learn about best practice dementia-healthy communities around the world and how you can implement transformative change in your workplace or personal context. Students’ personal perspectives will be highlighted throughout the course in assessments which link acquired knowledge to individual contexts.
Our Master of Dementia Program offers a Graduate Certificate in Dementia, a Graduate Diploma of Dementia and a Master of Dementia. This flexible, fully online program features modular content suitable for a wide range of study approaches. It is easy to navigate and accessible across a range of devices. Your personal perspectives will be highlighted throughout the course in assessments which link acquired knowledge to individual contexts, making the program relevant and up-to-date.
"Thank you for all the support during this unit, the learning and depth of knowledge imparted has been an incredibly rewarding experience and I feel so inspired and prepared to go forth and speak out with evidence and compassion".
Leanne, Graduate Certificate student 2019
Your Course Coordinators:
Dr Matthew Kirkcaldie
Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, with 20 years’ experience in neuroscience and dementia education and research supervision. He has a national profile in neuroscience education and outreach and is one of the original contributors to the Wicking Dementia Centre’s Understanding Dementia MOOC. His research interests include the neuronal cytoskeleton and plasticity, the pathology of Alzheimer's disease, the development, structure and function of the cerebral cortex, and the similarities between the brains of different animal species.
Professor Fran McInerney
Fran is Professor of Dementia Studies and Education, and is a registered nurse and sociologist. Her clinical practice background is in aged, dementia, and palliative care, and she has been involved in related teaching and research for more than 30 years. She was an original developer of the Wicking Dementia Centre’s Understanding Dementia MOOC and Bachelor of Dementia Care and remains closely involved in these offerings. Her research, education and practice are focused on later and end-of-life needs for people living with dementia, and dementia health literacy.
This course is Commonwealth Supported for domestic students and HECS-HELP loans are available.
International student tuition fees are payable on acceptance into the course.
Tuition fees for international students are $1500 AUD per unit (excluding CAD700 which is $3000 AUD).
Domestic students studying this course can be provided with a Commonwealth Supported Place, allowing for access to HECS-HELP loan. For more information please visit the StudyAssist website.
Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses.