nsg2tcd transitions in dementia care




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This online subject will address the advancing contemporary health and health care challenges presented by dementia. It will enable participating students to gain a holistic understanding of dementia in society and as a life limiting illness. Through the use of current research, policy and practice, students will learn about the emerging evidence and requirements for best practice in caring for older people with dementia in hospital settings. Students will also learn about the interprofessional and person-centred approaches that support people with dementia and their families through the life cycle transitions that arise through the dementia journey. Students will be engaged in a learning approach that will be interactive, inquiry and evidenced based. Interprofessional and person-centred approaches to dementia care will be introduced. The subject will be offered as an elective and will be delivered through the online medium over 12 weeks.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulie Ellis

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following courses: HBN, HBNM, HBNUP, HBNPRW, RBN, HZNM, HZNMD, HBNGE, HBNGEB, HBNGEM, HBNGES, HBNGEW,HBNEN,HBNENB, HBNENM, HBNENS, HBNENW - Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry), Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse), Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsExcellence in Dementia Care (2nd Ed).RecommendedDowns, M., Bowers, B. (2014)Maidenhead: Open University Press/McGraw Hill Education.
ReadingsCaring for Older People in Australia.RecommendedJohnson, A. and Chang, E. (2014)Wiley.
ReadingsGerontologic NursingRecommendedMeiner, S. (2014)Mosby, Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically apply contemporary models of care to acute care of older people with dementia.

Online lectures/presentations Critical reflection

02. Describe the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of dementia based on best available evidence

Discussion forums On-line writing activity

03. Appraise how people with dementia and their families can be supported through the anticipated transitions that arise during the dementia journey

Review resources Education package for families

04. Plan best practice in the care for older people with dementia in hospital settings.

Analyse a case study

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulie Ellis

Class requirements

Independent ResearchWeek: 10 - 22
One 39.0 hours independent research per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"100% on-line subject"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Critical reflective writing task - (critique) (1000 words equiv)Formative assessment opportunity2501, 02, 03, 04
Exam - 1 online quiz (1000 words equiv)2501, 02
Written assessment (2000 words)Written proposal for a practice/care improvement for people with dementia admitted to hospital5001, 02, 03, 04