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As a direct result of studying this degree, I have a really deep understanding of the experience of dementia, and it’s given me the skills to support people to live well with dementia.

Amanda Crombie, 2019 Bachelor of Dementia Care Graduate

As I started the best thing was every single topic that we covered, I could take to work and implement things straight away, and make change…… I could see immediate change in my workplace.

Cherie Ho, 2019 Diploma of Dementia Care Graduate

Once I sat through the MOOC I could see the merit of understanding the neuroscience and the behavioural and caring aspects it was a natural follow on to take on the BDC [Diploma].

Ian Sutherland, 2019 Diploma of Dementia Care Graduate

My goal is to provide a tangible difference in quality care for dementia. I’ve loved the course because it’s so specific, just focusing on the one field.. you build a bigger picture of dementia … from a personal perspective and the care.… and social impact.

Emma Elaine, 2019 Bachelor of Dementia Care student

It [the course] is set out very well and very easy to follow… and the encouragement you get from all areas, student services, lecturers etc, is really good and keeps you on track.

Judith Hobart, 2019 Bachelor of Dementia Care student

Feedback from our Masters Program

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, 2020 Master of Dementia student

I have the privilege of down time during my working day to get on my phone and access the content. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to complete a discussion board post relevant to the learnt content and feel by participating in this optional activity that it cements my learning. This unit is so relevant to me as a home care worker/dementia carer.

Lois, 2020 Master of Dementia Student

Having completed Module 1, I am completely happy with the format, presentation of information, assessment, and the collaborate session. I really like the shorter video teaching sessions, and find them helpful for working through units of information, without becoming bogged down. I really enjoyed our collaborate session on Tuesday evening, and appreciate the extra time you gave, so that we could give voice to our queries.

Gillian, 2020 Master of Dementia Student

Doing [the MOOC] in your own time and at your own pace was fantastic, it gave you the opportunity to really think about it step by step. By doing it online it was really good … I could fit it into my daily life in my timeframe.

Catrina Boon, Understanding Dementia MOOC participant

Understanding Dementia MOOC testimonials

I feel this study is great for people caring for people living with dementias at home or nursing home and even where people with dementia attend for day respite facilities. I found this as a person living with a Mixed Dementia very helpful to understand in some way about what is happening to me without my depression or anxiety getting worse. Even at High Schools this knowledge about dementia needs to be taught. Community Centres, Senior Citizen Group, Presidents in communities. So they will know how to react when a person shows a sign of dementia.

Anonymous, 2021

This is the best course I have ever completed. I am a Registered Nurse with PostGraduate Certificate and Diploma and I cannot believe how wonderful this course was. It was like having a great book, you are sad to finish. I am disappointed it is over, but excited about the brain injury course coming up in June. I have never worked with dementia patients and now want to get into that field. You should be congratulated, this course is amazing. Well done, you should be so proud.

Kate, Australia, 2021

I just would like to say that this is the BEST MOOC I've ever taken, in terms of content and delivery. The course actually delivers what was promised, I know I'm not finished with the course yet, but already I've gained much better understanding about dementia since I started this course. I found the conversation-type delivery very helpful to understand the subject/lesson being discussed. Thank you very much for making this course available, it helps me overcome my apprehension regarding dementia.

Agustiah, New Zealand, 2021

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for designing such a wonderful course. It not just enhances the knowledge regarding dementia but also, emotionally gets you so involved in it. I am enjoying this course to the fullest and hope to make the best use of it in my area of work. Thank you once again for all your efforts in designing this course.

Tripti, India, 2020

Thank you so much for this course. I'm enjoying learning about dementia this way, the course content is brilliant and I'm so very impressed with the way the course has been put together. I love the conversations between professionals in particular, and am grateful for their involvement and sharing of their expertise with me. It is all wonderfully clear, with a good level of the scientific/medical information, but without being beyond those like me who have absolutely no medical background. And it is not at all condescending. A special thanks to Prof. Fran McInerney. She would have to be one of the best educators I have ever encountered.

Jacqueline, Australia, 2020

Preventing Dementia MOOC testimonials

The two dementia courses I did through you were simply amazing. Well constructed, user friendly, excellent content, and I learnt a lot. I was involved in education all my working life (in retirement I am now working as a carer) and so have something of a critical eye. I can honestly say that your courses are amongst the best I have ever done, and certainly the best online ones. So with my appreciation and thanks.

Dot, United Kingdom, 2021

Certainly helpful as I am in mid-life and I can start making changes now knowing they will be of benefit to my health in the future. Very interesting and informative. Will also help in my aged care job.

Catherine, Australia, 2020

Since completing both the Understanding Dementia and the Preventing Dementia MOOCS, I am now training to become an accredited Montessori for Dementia and Ageing practitioner, which I first learnt about during the ‘Understanding‘ MOOC.  Both MOOCS are brilliant in so many different ways!

Angela, UK, 2020

Thank you to the team at the Wicking Centre whose talent and knowledge went into "Preventing Dementia". This has been informative, interesting and beneficial, not only for me but for so many. The University of Tasmania has given us a wonderful resource that will, hopefully, enrich our lives and the lives of the people we know who want to age well and in the best health of both body and brain.

Lorraine, Australia, 2018

Have thoroughly enjoyed the stimulating lectures and info provided during this MOOC and am very motivated to do more learning in this field. Thank you to all the specialist researchers and Uni experts for expanding my knowledge and inspiring me to plan further study online. Am motivated both personally and professionally to put this added learning about Dementia to good use by enhancing preventative practices not only in my own life, but also will be influencing the lives of my family and friends. Importantly too, I feel more confident to assist and support my patients and their family members, affected by dementia, whom I interact with as a Registered Nurse.

Lynda, New Zealand, 2018

Handfuls of usefulness

In Room 17 of the secure dementia unit, a plump grey-haired woman stood next to the bed clutching two small teddies. Upon seeing me, her face broke into a broad smile. ‘Hullo, I was just going to see if you were going to come and … um do the thing that the others were going to do…’.

Her voice trailed away. I squeezed her to me and she returned my hug with enthusiasm. My mother was never one for physical displays of affection before she developed Alzheimer’s.


My reflections on the Diploma of Dementia Care

My name is Ginny Keed and when I retired several years ago, I commenced volunteering at a dementia day care centre in my neighbourhood.  Through the centre I was given the opportunity to participate in the dementia MOOCs and then progressed to enrolling in the Bachelor of Dementia Care.  My studies in the course have enabled me to understand the presentation of dementia and its consequences for the person with dementia, their family and carers and to enable me to better care for them.  The Bachelor of Dementia has opened up a whole new world for me as previously, like so many people, I had little knowledge of dementia and its ramifications.


Never too late to learn something new

About 2 years ago my husband and I came to live at an aged care facility near to where we formerly lived, because of our ill health and the need for extra care. We have been blessed to be here to obtain the care that we needed. Sadly my husband of 70 years marriage passed away a few months ago following a serious illness. When we first came here, we were quite amazed to encounter many people who were suffering from dementia, something that we have never experienced before in all of our long lives. They are in different stages of dementia and it was hard to understand just why they were behaving as they were.


Understanding Dementia MOOC – a personal experience

Kate found out around 6 months ago that a family member in the UK had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and she was desperate to find out as much as she could about what the diagnosis meant to her and her family.

After trawling the internet and realising there were just too many sources of information and opinions for her to sort through, she remembered the Wicking Dementia Centre and the research they had been doing over the years, and quickly signed up for the free, online, Understanding Dementia MOOC.


Dementia education – the practical outcomes

I first heard about the University of Tasmania’s MOOC on Understanding Dementia, around three years ago. My role as an aged care nurse had changed to caring and meeting the needs of residents living with dementia and I felt very underprepared. The online course gave me greater insight into how the person living with dementia viewed his or her world. I then completed the MOOC on Preventing Dementia. Around this time my career pathway transitioned into the role of clinical nurse educator for my organisation while still doing active nursing. The latter role has now ceased, and I am an educator, part-time, for two care homes.