Graduate Certificate in Dementia
Find your place in the practices and systems of dementia care
Help to improve the lives of people with dementia and support their families and the community. Explore health science aspects and social issues. Begin to understand relevant neurobiology. Study public health policies and systems.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 25 Jun 23
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Draw on their body of knowledge and the perspectives and personal experiences of people with dementia and their carers, neuroscience, public health, clinical processes, health care systems, and social care systems to design solutions to problems that are context appropriate.
- Analyse and evaluate strategies, systems and practices aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers in communities, health systems and social care systems.
- Relate a wide range of local and global perspectives on dementia to local and specific contexts, applicable to individuals, organisations, governments and communities.
- Engage with a global community of learners in dementia to share knowledge and perspectives.
- Effectively communicate knowledge on dementia, care and prevention, in a variety of contexts.
- Demonstrate consideration of the lived experience of people with dementia and their carers when evaluating practices and policies.
- Approach issues of dementia care and prevention in a legally, ethically, socially and culturally responsible manner.
We anticipate career outcomes using wide and thorough knowledge of dementia and its effects, depending on the student's background. These may include:
- Specialist roles and policy input for residential care or community facilities
- Government or private roles dealing with policy and governance related to people with dementia and their carers
- Roles that inform and design practice around care, with a strong person-centred focus
- Augmented clinical skills for students with a health-professional background
- A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an Australian university at AQF7 level or the equivalent standard in a recognized tertiary institution, in the domains of Health (FoE 06xx), Social Work (0905) or Psychology (0907); OR
- Undergraduate degree from an Australian university at AQF7 level or the equivalent standard in a recognized tertiary institution, WITH at least one year full time (or equivalent) experience in dementia care, aged care, neurobiology, health systems and services or public health; OR
- Undergraduate degree from an Australian university at AQF7 level or the equivalent standard in a recognized tertiary institution, WITH successful completion of FOUR subjects from the Diploma of Dementia Care (TAS-DEC-DIP).
Work and Life
This program does not accept applications based on work or life experience.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
Be at the forefront of innovation to address dementia, the major health and social issue of the 21st century
The Master of Dementia Program (offering a Graduate Certificate in Dementia; Graduate Diploma of Dementia and Master of Dementia) is aimed at graduates and professionals currently working within or building their expertise in, any field related to dementia. It is built on the perspectives of individuals, families, communities, health care systems and governments, as well as the neurobiology of dementia, including pathology, biomarkers and therapeutics.
The rising prevalence of dementia is creating new challenges and a pressing need for change in the way our systems and practices support people who live with dementia. This program will equip you with the expertise to lead transformation, based on the latest evidence.
- Fully online and flexible with modular content suitable for a wide variety of study approaches
- Easy to navigate and accessible across a range of devices
- Personal perspectives highlighted in assessments linking acquired knowledge to individual contexts.
- Relevant and up-to-date program information
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended. If students are undertaking part-time study, we recommend that students complete all first year compulsory subjects prior to completing elective subjects to maximise success.
This course is available as a full-time study if students commence in Semester 1; as a part-time study only if students commence in Semester 2.
Completion of 4 core subjects from the schedule below:
- TAS-CAD501 Health and Social Care in Dementia 1
- TAS-CAD502 Neurobiology of Dementia 1
- TAS-CAD503 Policies and Systems in Dementia 1
- TAS-CAD504 Public Health and Dementia 1
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 0.5-2 years from commencement.
You can apply direct through Open Universities Australia.
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