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Dementia: What Lawyers Need to Know

Learn and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to be a ‘dementia-capable’ legal professional. Learn cutting-edge information to promote the legal rights of clients with dementia, support capacity, and avoid problems such as abuse of power of attorney.

About this microcredential

With an ageing population, lawyers across many areas of practice can expect to encounter people living with dementia or other neurocognitive conditions. This microcredential is designed to support participants to develop the attributes required to ethically and effectively work with such clients.

As a participant in this microcredential, you’ll gain current factual information on dementia, including types, symptoms and causes and form an understanding of the principles of decision-making capacity, applying strategies of supported decision-making.

Professor Nola Ries will guide you to identify and respond comprehensively to legal issues and risks for people with dementia, including the needs of diverse persons with dementia.

Course content encourages a client-centred approach, focusing on abilities and strengths and using effective and respectful communication techniques. Learn how to identify when client capacity may be in question and to respond appropriately using preventive strategies to protect people with dementia from exploitation and abuse.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential is designed to equip participants with:

  • Expanded legal knowledge, especially in relation to social justice, ethical practice and contemporary developments in law and professional practice
  • Strengthened ability to identify, reflect on and respond to ethical challenges in practice
  • Improved in communication skills, especially respectful and effective communication.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Dementia: What Lawyers Need to Know (78600) in the Master of Laws (C04143), Master of Legal Studies (C04264) and Juris Doctor (C04236).

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for legal practitioners in a range of areas, including:

  • Elder law
  • Wills and estates
  • Health law
  • Family law
  • Human rights law
  • Generalist practice.

This microcredential may also be suitable for people interested in studying law with a view to practice in areas such as those above.


Full price: $2,898.00 (GST free)*

Special price: $2,463.00 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.  

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

This course is based on modules of online learning materials, including recorded video content from our lead academic and a variety of guest speakers, delivered via UTS’ Learning Management System, Canvas. Without time-specific classes, this format allows for flexible learning of the content whilst still being structured. Time management is incorporated by way of assessment and interactive activities, such as self-assessment quizzes, to encourage learners to continually develop over the duration of the course. These participation elements (e.g. discussion board posts) are embedded throughout the online materials and count as part of the overall assessment.

Four modules will be explored over a period of seven weeks:

Module 1 - The foundations; becoming a dementia-capable practitioner

  • Introduction - the need for dementia-capable legal practitioners
  • Dementia - understanding the facts

Module 2

  • Legal needs for people with dementia - advance personal planning
  • Decision-making capacity
  • Support for decision-making

Module 3

  • Elder abuse identification, prevention and response

Module 4

  • Course wrap-up; looking to the future.

In covering the topics outlined above, the course provides essential, practice-relevant training to enable lawyers to fulfil their professional duties and provide effective services for people with dementia.

Course delivery

The following delivery strategies will be deployed during the microcredential.

  • Self-directed learning. The course is delivered online and participants apply self-directed learning skills to engage with and reflect on the course materials.
  • Development of a dementia-capable toolkit. Participants compile resources based on recommendations offered throughout the course to develop their own toolkit for their professional practice.
  • Interprofessional learning and collaboration. Participants learn from experts in other disciplines and appraise strategies for cross-sector collaboration to improve responses and outcomes for people with dementia.


  • Participants will be supported in accordance with accessibility requirements
  • Participants will be provided with guidance and support as to the use of Canvas and other learning tools and resources.

Course learning objectives

On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and respond comprehensively and appropriately to legal issues and risks for people with dementia
  • Understand and fulfil ethical duties to clients who live with conditions that affect capacity
  • Apply strategies for effective and respectful communication and to support client decision-making capacity.


There are three assessment tasks for this course:

  • (1) Written reflection (1,000 words) - 25% 
  • (2) Case study of a client scenario (2,000 words) - 60% 
  • (3) Participation in online activities (500 words) - 15%

Completion of all assessments tasks, and an overall mark of 50% (pass) or above is required to pass the microcredential.

The objective of the assessments is to provide opportunities for participants to:

  • Develop their own dementia-capable toolkit that they may use to prepare and justify a plan of action when advising a client with dementia
  • Reflect on their learning and develop ‘gerontological literacy’, which means that legal practitioners are aware of and able to apply knowledge from the gerontological health and social sciences into legal practice and policy.




  • To complete this online course you will need a personal computer with reliable Internet access and an operating system with a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount for UTS alumni and staff

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (UTS alumni)

  • Please contact the team at with your student number to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
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  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 


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