Aged care workers are being encouraged to enrol in a free online course run by the University of Tasmania on the latest in dementia care and research.

The popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Understanding Dementia is run over nine weeks and explores the causes and symptoms of dementia and ways to improve the quality of life of people living with the condition.

The course was developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and draws together the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals in the field.

Since 2013, over 90,000 people have enrolled in the course from 170 countries.

The MOOC is divided into three course units: ‘the brain’, ‘the diseases’ and ‘the person’, and includes information on a wide range of topics including basic brain anatomy, dementia behaviours and palliation.

Understanding Dementia has been designed for a diverse audience including health professionals, community support staff, policymakers, social scientists and family carers.

Enrolments close 18 August.

The course begins 25 July and runs until 20 October.

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  2. I would like to apply for the free course understanding dementia I work for Chinese Community Social Services Centre Home Care worker

  3. Dear Sir/Madam

    My name is Alana Tsai. I’m a home care support worker and work for Chinese Community Social Service.

    I would like to enrol a course can get more understanding in dementia and I can deliver much quality care for them.

    Would you please let me know what should I do to apply this course.

    Thanks Regard,
    Alana Tsai

  4. My name is Kay Martin EXT 3833 from the Customer Service Team and would like to enrol in the MOOC course in Understanding Dementia please.
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