NZ Framework for Dementia Care


Category: Health and Social - Primary Care
Updated on: 11-Jun-2016

Title: The Wicking Centre massive open online course (MOOC): Understanding Dementia


Website: and

Description: Participants in the Understanding Dementia MOOC will gain an increased knowledge of dementia, including its causes, symptoms and ways of responding to the needs of people living with the condition. The aim of this fully on-line course is to maximise the quality of life of people living with dementia, their families and carers. Participants will learn about the brain, the diseases causing dementia, and the person experiencing the condition, and have the opportunity to engage with a community of like-minded participants from across the globe.

Target Audience: People with an interest in dementia. This is an appropriate course for health care practitioners entering the field of dementia care, students, carers and families that wish to know more about dementia.

Appropriate Audience: All people with an interest in dementia will benefit from this course.

Notes: The Wicking Centre runs this MOOC several times over the course of the year. This is an Australian based course.

Pricing: This is a freely available MOOC run by the Wicking Centre out of University of Tasmania.

Contact Person: Access to the MOOC’s designed by the Wicking Centre require registration. Upon registration, you can join discussion boards. The contact page can be found here

Contacts for the Wicking Centre can be found on this webpage:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 10 May 2017, 1:28 PM

Title: Elearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs & Practice Nurses


Press release from Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner:

Description: An eLearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs and Practice Nurses across New Zealand has recently been published on the University of Auckland’s Goodfellow Unit website.

It is designed to build primary care confidence, competence, and consistency in assessing, diagnosing, and managing mild cognitive impairment and typical dementia.

The Northern Regional Alliance led the development of the resource on behalf of the four Health Regional Alliances and in partnership with the Goodfellow Unit. The Goodfellow Unit is an accredited continuing medical education/professional development provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

The resource, which can be accessed at no cost to health professionals, is a result of a national collaboration between primary, secondary and tertiary care providers. It is heavily informed by the Waitemata DHB pilot of GPs and practice nurses assessing, diagnosing and managing mild cognitive impairment and typical dementia. You can read more about that pilot in the Waitemata DHB Primary Health Care Cognitive Impairment Pathway Pilot: Final evaluation.

Each topic in the resource has a short video presented by a geriatrician or psychiatrist of older people, with the key points, printable resources and relevant electronic links noted below each video.

Topics covered include:

  • why diagnose in primary care
  • cultural considerations
  • what dementia is and what types there are
  • what mild cognitive impairment is
  • diagnostic work up
  • diagnostic discussion   
  • when to refer to a specialist  
  • dementia care plan 
  • living well with dementia 
  • risk reduction 
  • legal implications 
  • hints from GPs in Pilot
  • viewpoints of people with dementia.


Target Audience: Primary health care workers, GPs, practice nurses, nurse practitioners

Pricing: Free



Online contact form:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 29 Jun 2017, 10:05 AM