Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
The swiftly rising prevalence of dementia is one of the most significant health, social and economic issues facing the world. The global challenge of dementia will require innovative solutions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Dementia will also have substantial impacts in other areas of society, from how we construct our built environment and make our communities ‘dementia-inclusive’, through to service industries who increasingly have interactions with people with cognitive impairment.
XBR121 has the award-winning UTAS Understanding Dementia MOOC embedded within it. Students who enrol therefore get access not only to the LMS site for their learning, but also to a large community of participants from around Australian and the world. This creates a unique learning opportunity for undergraduate students to learn not only from fellow students but also from the national and international community of learners who often share their perspectives on their understanding of dementia, dementia care, models of care, and personal experiences with dementia. This unit is an ideal elective unit for any health degree and is highly relevant for all students intending to work as health professionals.