The Associate Degree in Dementia Care is being delivered by UTAS in partnership with ACSA. The course specifically aims to target current workers in the field of aged and dementia care to improve the quality of care in this sector. Students learn to understand the brain and the process of dementia and to relate this to the rationale for providing the very best approach to care, directly linking evidence-based practice with education of the workforce.
Students will learn different ways of providing care, responding to challenging situations, and learn how to build upon confidence in such circumstances. Students will also learn about the concepts of normal ageing, diseases causing dementia, associated behaviours and techniques and strategies for caring for people with dementia.
- Four enabling support units to build general skills including literacy, numeracy, online technology, communication and basic biology and develop confidence for tertiary study.
- Four Understanding Dementia units to introduce students to both the normal ageing processes in the body and the brain and what goes wrong in dementia. It will have a biology focus enabling students to understand the mechanisms of what goes wrong, and how various therapies are applied to intervene in the dementia process.
- Four Models of Healthcare units introducing students to models of care that currently exist in Australia, core principles of supportive care and palliation, and how to effectively communicate with people with dementia.
**The Associate Degree in Dementia Care is offered for a November intake each year only, and expressions of interest must be accepted by your ACSA branch by 15 September each year in order to commence study by November (semester 5).
- Four elective units from a possible eight are offered from a range of areas including regulation and documentation in aged care, chronic illness, innovations in management, and workplace study units.