Dementia Essentials

Nationally accredited dementia education for those working with people living with dementia.

CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

Dementia Essentials is a free, 3-day nationally-accredited dementia education course. Delivered in person, it’s suitable for those working in aged care, health care and community services.

Dementia Essentials courses take place in every Australian State and Territory, and run year round. Browse upcoming course dates in your preferred state or territory below.

During this course, participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Person-centred care and effective communication
  • The nature of dementia and its impacts
  • Identifying unmet needs
  • Understanding changed behaviours and developing effective responses
  • Activities to promote well-being; and
  • Workplace issues, community support and services available

This dementia education course includes theory and practical components to be completed during the course delivery.

How is the course assessed

Assessment comprises an “open book” in-class written assessment followed by a workplace supervisor observation checklist. The observation checklist provides evidence towards the participant demonstrating their learning in their practice, supporting  2 people living with dementia. Workplace observation sign off will be the responsibility of the participant’s supervisor.

Course goals

Dementia Essentials is a course which maps developing skills onto the Inquiry and Implementation streams of the DTA Learning Pathway.

The goal of the course is promote early foundation skills which promote thinking about dementia and support change in practice for ‘doing’ on the DTA knowledge translation framework.

Qualification / Accreditation

Dementia Essentials is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) level qualification. It refers to the Unit of Competency named CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia. While it is a stand alone course, Dementia Essentials sits within the broader training programs covered by Certificate III Individualised Support/Ageing and Certificate IV Aged Care.

Certificate / Statement of Attainment

Statement of Attainment will be issued by Dementia Australia VIC Inc. RTO CODE:2512.

Please contact Dementia Australia with Certificate enquiries.

You MUST be able to undertake a workplace assessment under supervision, interacting with people with dementia in order to complete the course. The completed competency can be credited towards further study in aged care.

This nationally funded Dementia Training Australia program is delivered by Dementia Australia.

nationally recognised dementia accreditation training


Course delivery:
Face to face/in-person

Various. Available in every Australian State and Territory

Course duration:
3 days over 3 weeks, or
3 consecutive days
– see event details

Tea and coffee provided

Upcoming Dementia Essentials Courses

Browse upcoming courses by State or Territory. Book a place in your preferred location by contacting the person listed under event registration.