Positive Approach to the Care of the Younger Person with Dementia

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This seven week course assists clinicians to develop and improve their knowledge when caring for the Younger Person with Dementia. Participants are encouraged to apply their newfound knowledge in the workplace to ensure better outcomes for those in their care. This course is suitable for all clinicians who are working within acute care, community settings or Residential Aged Care and aligns with the following National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards:

  • Standard 5: Comprehensive Care
  • Standard 6: Communicating for Safety


This course is endorsed by ACN and attracts 14 CPD/CNE points.

Please Note: Our courses are unique in that they are fully facilitated by dementia champions, meaning you will have access to your facilitator for the duration of the course.

Please click the “Register to participate in this course” button located at the bottom of this page.

Once this is received you will be placed on our waiting list. When a spot is available you will be made an offer to participate, if you accept this offer then further information on the enrolment process will be sent to you.

The purpose of this online learning course is to support clinical staff to develop and improve the level of care being provided to those with Younger Onset Dementia. The program encourages participants to apply the newfound knowledge in the workplace to ensure better outcomes for all those in their care.

The aim of this course is to increase participant knowledge and understanding on:

  • The unique challenges facing the person with younger onset dementia and their carers
  • The burden of disease and its impact
  • Major causes of dementia in the younger person
  • The risk factors, assessment and diagnostic issues
  • Supporting and assisting the younger person with dementia
  • Legal implications of capacity and competence
  • The global perspective and emerging issues


  • Passion to improve outcomes for the person with dementia
  • Prior Completion of A Positive Approach to Care of the Older Person – is desirable
  • Access to Internet – approximately 2-3 hours per week
  • 7 week commitment
Online chats occur three times in the seven weeks (Weeks 2, 4 and 6) to discuss current issues, network and share information and resources. You will be supported through the eLearning process by a facilitator who is a local dementia champion.

Course Overview:

The course is broken up into 7 weeks:

Week 1: Navigating the Course

  • Navigating the Course
  • Let’s get started

Week 2: Unique challenges

  • Unique challenges of Younger Onset Dementia
  • Burden of Disease and Fiscal Implications
  • Diagnosing Younger Onset Dementia
  • The Needs of the Younger Person with Dementia
  • Major Causes of Younger Onset Dementia

Week 3: Causes of younger onset dementia

  • Diagnosis of Younger Onset Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD)
  • Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease

Week 4: Risk factors, assessment and diagnostic issues

  • Alcohol related dementia and Korsakoff’s Syndrome
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) /Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Related Dementia
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Dementia among those with Intellectual disabilities
  • Genetic risk factors, assessment and diagnosis

Week 5: Issues affecting the younger person with dementia

  • Loss of self determination
  • Employment Issues
  • Anxiety, Agitation, Depression and Grief
  • Sexuality, Intimacy and Disinhibition
  • Case Study
  • Relationship and social issues
  • Impact on the family
  • Children as Carers

Week 6: Supporting and assisting the younger person with dementia

  • Community support
  • Employment
  • Managing behaviour
  • Residential care for the younger person with dementia
  • Cost of care

Week 7: Capacity & Competency

  • Capacity & Competency
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Care planning for younger onset dementia
  • Physical wellbeing and the prevention of dementia
  • Policy and government action
  • What is happening on the world stage

All materials used are current and copyright approved. References within the course are hyperlinked and readily available via the resource library at all times.


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