This collaboration unites Australia’s leading dementia education providers in a shared mission to democratise and expand access to high-quality dementia education.
This investment will support a range of initiatives including administration, redevelopment, marketing, and enhancement of the Learning Management System. The MOOCs are expected to enroll between 60,000 to 80,000 participants annually, with plans to explore ‘always-on’ delivery models and business-to-business engagement.
Dementia Training Australia’s mission is to enhance the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia, as well as the staff dedicated to their care. The consortium uniquely combines the expertise of five universities and Dementia Australia, coordinated by the University of Wollongong, to offer a nationwide approach to dementia training.
“This partnership will not only enhance the quality and reach of our educational offerings but also contribute significantly to raising the standard of dementia care across the country. It’s a promising step towards a future where dementia is met with understanding, expertise, and effective care,” said Dr. Isabelle Meyer, Executive Director of Dementia Training Australia.
The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, based at the University of Tasmania, renowned for its commitment to transforming brain health and dementia care, has pioneered the use of MOOCs to improve dementia care on a large scale.
Since their inception, the ‘Understanding Dementia’ and ‘Preventing Dementia’ MOOCs have reached over 600,000 enrolments, demonstrating an extraordinary impact in the field. These courses, rated among the top globally, offer comprehensive, evidence-based content and are accessible to a diverse audience, including healthcare professionals and caregivers.
“With Dementia Training Australia’s support, we are not only enhancing our existing programs but also exploring innovative delivery models and new educational pathways. Together, we are set to expand our reach and deepen our impact, making a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by dementia,” said Professor James Vickers, Director of The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.
This partnership marks a significant step in the journey towards improved dementia care and education. The Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre and Dementia Training Australia’s collaborative efforts will not only enhance the educational experience for learners but also contribute significantly to improving the lives of those living with dementia.
“Together, we are setting a new standard for excellence in dementia education, ensuring that caregivers and healthcare professionals are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best possible care,” said Dr Meyer.