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Preventing Dementia MOOC

Preventing Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest research in dementia risk and protective factors. The free course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of a global community, without requiring exams or assignments.

With the ageing of the world’s population, dementia is a major public health issue. Is it possible to modify your risk of dementia? A substantial proportion of risk is associated with advanced ageing as well as genetic risk factors, but the latest research has indicated there are factors you can modify which may decrease your susceptibility to dementia. The Preventing Dementia MOOC investigates the best available evidence about dementia prevention, drawing on a range of expertise from around the globe.

You will have the opportunity to engage in online discussions, and can also participate in research in this field, to help us determine the most effective ways to help people reduce their dementia risk.

Preventing Dementia is suited to everyone - whether you are an individual with an interest in brain health and/or dementia risk reduction, or an allied health professional, clinician, health service provider or health policy professional - this course is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds.

Dementia Support Services


If you require support, counselling or advice about dementia please phone the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

For emergency counselling please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Outside Australia

Please contact your local dementia/Alzheimer's organisation or emergency counselling service.