Overview

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As a health professional, you will build your contemporary knowledge and skills required to care for people with severe dementia and their families. In particular, we will focus on the highly specialised care needs of people with severe dementia and their families and use innovative learning activities to enhance your evidence-based knowledge and clinical skills in this area.

Who should participate

There are two levels of enrolment for this course:

  • professional development level
  • postgraduate level.

Professional development level

This level is open to anyone who wants to undertake professional development in the area of dementia care. You don't need to be eligible for postgraduate study.

Postgraduate level

You may only enrol in this level if you have a formally recognised undergraduate university degree in a health-related discipline. Before choosing to enrol in the postgraduate level of the course, you are reminded that the assessment items for this level of enrolment are designed to meet requirements associated with a postgraduate unit of study.

Delivery

Where:

This course is conducted in a fully external mode over 14 consecutive weeks. You are not required to attend the university campus over the duration of the course.

External:

  • Online

When:

Registrations are now closed for 2017.

Further courses are planned for 2018. Dates to be confirmed.

Cost

Registration fees to be confirmed.

2017 fee: $1,350 (GST included)

Fees include access to:

  • online materials
  • Blackboard (QUT's interactive learning tool)
  • a course coordinator:
    • via telephone, email, and/or face-to-face meetings by appointment
    • for individually-tailored learning support to assist participants in completing the course modules and assessment items.

Credit eligibility

If you successfully complete this course and you're accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing, you can apply for credit (advanced standing) for one elective unit worth 12 credit points.

Contact

For registration or payment queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.

For more information about course content or assessment, contact the course coordinator Sandra Jeavons.


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Modules

Each of the four modules focuses on a specific area of learning and the associated reading and extracts are essential for that module. You should also complete readings from additional sources.

  • Module 1: Contextualising palliative care.
  • Module 2: The trajectory of severe dementia.
  • Module 3: Promoting physical care and quality of life for the person with severe dementia.
  • Module 4: Promoting a positive culture of care.

Outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable you to:

  • critique and analyse the management of persons with severe dementia
  • critically apply the trajectory of death in the individual management of a person with severe dementia
  • use evidence based research to critically appraise current management of those with severe dementia
  • critically distinguish the roles and responsibilities of a collaborative, health care team when establishing a coordinated approach for palliative care to the individual with severe dementia and their family.

Assessment

Each of the two levels has three assessment items to be completed and submitted, as outlined below.

You must submit and pass all assessment items to receive a grade and QUT-endorsed Certificate of Completion for this course. Detailed instructions on how to complete all assessment items will be provided as part of the course materials. The course coordinator will assist you to successfully complete each assessment item. You're strongly encouraged to keep in regular contact with your course coordinator (via telephone and/or email) over the duration of the course.

Professional development level

Key concepts short answer assignment

Prepare short-answer written responses to a set of questions about key concepts covered in Module 1 (word length = maximum of 850 words; weighting towards final mark = 40%).

Detailed descriptive case study assignment

Prepare a detailed case study illustrating a palliative approach for a person with severe dementia (word length = maximum 2,500 words; weighting towards final mark = 60%).

Online discussion forum participation

Write four entries in responses to four discussion forum activities (i.e. one per course module) (word length = approximately 150 words per entry; weighting towards final mark = Pass/Fail)

Postgraduate level

Critical review assignment

Assignment 1: Critically review selected research articles in the area of palliative care for persons with severe dementia (word length = maximum 2,500 words; weighting towards final mark = 40%).

Education resource assignment

Assignment 2: Develop an education resource for staff involved in the care of persons with severe dementia and/or their families (word length = maximum 3,000 words; weighting towards final mark = 60%).

Online discussion forum participation

Assignment 3: Write four entries in responses to four discussion forum activities (i.e. one per course module) (word length = approximately 150 words per entry; weighting towards final mark = Pass/Fail)

Recognition of this course

When you successfully complete the four modules and pass all assessment items you will receive a QUT-endorsed certificate of completion.

The content, structure and materials for this course have been designed by dementia education specialists at Dementia Training Australia (DTA). DTA is based at QUT. You will enrol via the QUT Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program and will be taught by staff from DTA.

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Register your interest

Email Continuing Professional Education to register your interest for future courses, and we'll contact you when dates are confirmed and registrations open.

Payment

When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.

Cancellation

To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the course manager at Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel before the course start date, you'll receive a full refund minus a $100 administration fee. Access to online course material will no longer be available when you cancel your registration.

No registration refunds will be made once the course has started (except in exceptional circumstances with supporting evidence).

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.