eLearning Courses

eLearning Courses

The following courses are currently available at the elearning.dtsc.com.au site

  1. Assessment and Management of Delirium in the Acute Care Setting
  2. Caring for LGBTI People with Dementia
  3. Advancing Practice in Dementia Care
  4. Evidence Based Tools for BPSD Assessment
  5. Sexualities and Dementia
  6. Physical Comorbidities of Dementia

Registration is free and takes only a few minutes to complete

For assistance with registration or enrollment please refer to the FAQ page

The following external courses are also recommended

  1. Dementia Education Online
  2. Supporting Overseas Qualified Nurses
  3. Timely Diagnosis of Dementia

 

Assessment and Management of Delirium in the Acute Care Setting

Delirium is a serious medical problem and people with dementia are most at risk for developing delirium during periods of illness or hospitalisation.

The rate of delirium in older hospitalised clients (over 65 years) is significantly higher—as much as 50%—with the highest rates reported among those with co-morbidities such as acute fracture and dementia. However, health professionals experience difficulty in recognising the presence of delirium, identifying the predisposing risk factors, and in differentiating between delirium and other conditions such as dementia and depression.

The course has three modules and will assist health professionals to:

  • Evaluate the causes of delirium, its prevalence, acuity and the need for risk assessment.
  • Identify the precipitating and predisposing factors associated with delirium.
  • Conduct a cognitive screening assessment.
  • Identify diagnostic algorithms for delirium.
  • Evaluate different approaches to managing delirium.

A certificate of achievement will be available after successful completion of the course which may be used to contribute as professional development (CPD) evidence for some health professions.

 

Caring for LGBTI People with Dementia

This eLearning resource has been developed to assist workers across the health and aged care sector to become culturally competent in relation to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people with dementia.

The course has 4 Modules and is targeted at health professionals and staff working in the aged care sector and aims to;

  1. Explore the sexual diversities within the Australian population
  2. Explore the lived experiences of LGBTI people
  3. Highlight some of the considerations of care for older LGBTI people with dementia
  4. Explore how organisations can become more LGBTI inclusive

A Certificate of Achievement is available, after successfully completing the course.


Advancing Practice in Dementia Care

This course consists of ten e-learning modules, developed by a team of experts in the field of caring for people with dementia and is designed to provide health professionals from, all disciplines with an understanding of dementia and the needs of people with dementia and their family or carers.

The Vic/Tas DTSC is a Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) Authorised Provider of Endorsed Courses (APEC) – APEC number 017110001, according to approved criteria.  Each module completion attracts 15 Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) points as part of RCNA’s Life Long Learning Program (3LP).


Evidence Based Tools for BPSD Assessment

This resource has been developed to increase health professional’s knowledge of the use and interpretation of selected evidence-based tools for the symptoms of agitation and anxiety, apathy and wandering BPSD).  This is not an exhaustive collection of available tools, but is a selection of those in common use within Australia.

Presentations are divided into the following sections:

  1. Introduction with a description of the behaviour and how it commonly presents in the person with dementia, together with a conceptual framework for the use of the assessment tool/s.
  2. Characteristics of the assessment tool/s, including the psychometric properties and clinical implications of these properties.
  3. A step-by-step demonstration of how to administer the assessment tool and interpret the results.
  4. Planning interventions and strategies for managing the behaviour. 

 

Sexualities and Dementia

This educational resource was developed to increase understanding of the concepts of intimacy, sexuality, sexual behaviours and expression of various types of sexuality (including the benefits of and barriers to expression of sexuality).

This education resource is built around four learning modules:

  1. Intimacy, sexuality and sexual behaviour
  2. Dementia and the expression of sexuality
  3. Ethical considerations: policy guidelines development for sexualities and dementia in care settings
  4. Developing sexualities and dementia policy guidelines for care practice

 

Physical Comorbidities of Dementia

Based on the book Physical Comorbidities of Dementia, the course consists of three modules, covering nine comorbidities:

  1. falls
  2. delirium
  3. weight loss and malnutrition
  4. epilepsy
  5. frailty
  6. sleep disorders
  7. oral disease
  8. vision dysfunction
  9. incontinence

The content of the e-learning program provides relevant evidence based information which has the potential to influence your clinical practice.

 

Dementia Education Online

Would you like to develop contemporary knowledge and skills related to the care of people living with dementia?

If so, you will be interested in a new set of freely available and fully online dementia education resources designed by leading academics who are experts in dementia care.

These resources are designed to provide students and staff studying or working in multi-disciplinary areas of health with a flexible opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills in working with people who have dementia and their family carers.

 

Supporting Overseas Qualified Nurses

A comprehensive training package which is intended to support overseas qualified nurses as they adapt to working in the Australian dementia care setting.

The package includes information and worksheets for facility managers, an online program for overseas qualified nurses and training resources aimed at staff working alongside overseas qualified nurses and other staff from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

 

Timely Diagnosis of Dementia

This dementia educational activity ‘discusses the assessment and investigation of the patient who presents with cognitive impairment.

The various presentations and their associated comorbidities are discussed, as are the examination, laboratory and radiology investigations required to make a diagnosis of dementia and to differentiate between the various types of dementias.

The development of a management plan includes not only the pharmacological and non-pharmacological aspects, but includes the carer perspective, longer term planning, legal implications and palliative care aspects.’

The ‘timely diagnosis of dementia’ is accessed at ThinkGP. NB Registration (free) is required to access the content.

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