Resource To Meet Growing Issues Of Dementia

February 2017

Ageing

Country of origin: Australia

The Eastern Australia Dementia Training and Study Centre (EADTSC) recently launched its ?Dementia Education Online?. The education initiative is the result of extensive collaboration between experts in dementia education at the EADTSC including leading academics at the University of Wollongong, Queensland University of Technology, and Griffith University. The EADTSC is funded as part of the Australian Government?s Dementia Initiative.

The resource is made up of three learning modules and the focus is on facilitating flexible learning which can be integrated into existing education modules or used as a stand-alone package. The resource includes content about:

Types of dementia and the impact of dementia on both the person with dementia and his/her carer
Assessment and screening for dementia, and
Communication in dementia.

The target audience for the new resource is undergraduate students, but the resource could also be used by registered practitioners or support workers as part of their ongoing professional development.

This education initiative responds to the changing needs of the workforce. The modules, which allow practitioners, support workers and students access to evidence-based dementia education, can be completed either within the structured framework of an existing education/training programmes, or independently at the participant?s own time and pace, EADTSC Project Officer Dr Humpel said.

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