Recognising and Responding to Dementia

Centre for Remote Health

Who should attend
This course is designed for primary health care and related workers who work in remote and Indigenous communities.

Alice Springs Desert Park. Image: Natalie Davis

About this course
This two-day workshop will give you the skills you need to provide quality dementia care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with dementia, their families and community.

Dementia is acknowledged as a significant issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities. Recent studies have found that the prevalence rates for Indigenous people are three to five times as high as for the non-Indigenous community.

During the course participants will develop a clear understanding of dementia as well as other skills and strategies to assess people, and assist both the person with dementia and their family in managing their dementia. 

One of the assessment tools participants will learn to use is the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA).

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Apply the concepts of Cultural Safety, Person Centred Care and the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) in the context of working with people with dementia
  • Describe changes associated with dementia in a person in terms of their sense of self, cognitive abilities, emotional states, behaviour and ability to look after themselves and others
  • Describe the differences between dementia and other conditions such as delirium and depression that may have similar signs and symptoms
  • Use appropriate tools including the KICA to assess Indigenous clients for dementia
  • Develop a plan for the long term management of the person with dementia in their community
  • Source and utilise up-to-date resources in the management of people with dementia



Location Alice Springs
Cost $425
Dates To be advised
Facilitators Heather Jensen 
Annie Farthing
Registration pdf Registration Form (651 KB)
More Details pdf Course Flyer (485 KB)
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Comments from course participants
"I loved the section about the brain and the DVD on Alzheimer's"

"Gained a better understanding of effects of Dementia"