GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication (8)


This subject introduces students to theoretical and practical approaches which will enhance their ability to communicate with and care for older people with dementia and/or cognitive impairment in community and residential care contexts. Models of communication and care which lead to appropriate, respectful and facilitative ways of supporting the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of older people with dementia and their carers will be examined. Theoretical and practical approaches which focus on the facilitation of positive environments, effective forms of communication and support of individual identities within these client groups, will be identified. Current understandings of dementia care and communication will be examined and critiqued at an advanced level.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GER406
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have already completed WEL206

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of the demographics, incidence and causes of dementia
  • analyse the role of behaviour as a form of communication in dementia
  • demonstrate an understanding of the diverse social and emotional responses to dementia manifested by individuals, carers and society, and their impact on care practices
  • critically evaluate the effectiveness of dementia care interventions using research and evidence-based practice
  • be able to adapt care strategies to meet the needs of diverse cohorts of people with dementia
  • develop collaborative care strategies that recognise the roles of families and carers
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of care environment and culture in influencing behaviour of people with dementia
  • understand and apply appropriate ethical, human rights and legal frameworks to the care of people with dementia


The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1: Communication and Care in Dementia
- Causes, symptoms and common treatments for dementia illnesses
- Communication and care challenges and models

Module 2: Behaviour as Communication
- Theory and context of behaviour
- Internal and external influences on behaviour
- The role of stress in behaviour

Module 3: Advanced Issues in Dementia Care and Communication
- advanced strategies for communication in dementia care (client, family, care team)
- understanding challenging behaviour in dementia
- supporting dignity and wellbeing in dementia care
- issues in carer support


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.