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Understanding Dementia: Facts and Foundations (on-demand)

With an ageing population, lawyers across many areas of practice can expect to encounter people with dementia. This short course busts the myths and misperceptions by providing an understanding about dementia. and equips lawyers with up-to-date knowledge and resources to work more effectively with clients diagnosed with, or at risk of, dementia.


About this course

This online, self-paced short course provides dementia-specific training for lawyers, with a focus on core knowledge and principles to guide effective and ethical professional practice. The course is based on the concept of a ‘dementia-capable’ legal practitioner, who encompasses attributes across four areas:

        1. Knowledge          2. Professionalism          3. Legal rights and risk          4. Capacity.

Equip yourself with learning and resources that can be readily implemented into practice.

This short course is part of a training series that develops lawyers’ knowledge and skills as dementia-capable practitioners. Other courses in the series include Planning Ahead: Focus on Advance Care Planning (on-demand) and Elder Abuse: Strategies for Prevention (on-demand).

Key benefits of this course

This on-demand short course will enable participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of different types of dementia and risk factors for dementia
  • Learn best practice guidelines for professionals who work with clients with dementia
  • Benefit from multiple perspectives, as the course incorporates the latest research on dementia and offers expert insights from medical and legal practitioners in addition to people with lived experience of dementia
  • Build upon their existing professional expertise to become a dementia-capable legal practitioner
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: "If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."


Full price: $360 (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

Participants will access this course via UTS’ user-friendly online learning management system (LMS), Canvas. The course content is presented in engaging and interactive ways throughout the course. The following aspects are included in the course content:

  • Self-assessment questionnaires to reflect on your current knowledge and attitudes, and quizzes, which provide immediate feedback on your learning
  • Compilation of your own ‘dementia-capable toolkit’ by downloading tools and checklists presented within the course and also through searching for local resources, such as referral pathways
  • Interactive features offer engaging summaries of current research, where you will be invited to share experiences with peers through discussion posts
  • Audio and video clips which will provide insights on course topics from medical and legal practitioners and dementia advocates.

This self-paced course is designed to take participants approximately 2 hours to complete, however, you may choose to spend more time exploring suggested readings and resources in compiling your ‘dementia-capable toolkit’.    

Course learning objectives

This short course will enable participants to:

  • Identify the attributes of dementia-capable legal practitioners
  • Evaluate and reflect on their skills as a dementia-capable legal practitioner
  • Choose and use respectful language as a dementia-capable practitioner
  • Explain the 10 principles of dignity in care for people with dementia and their relevance to legal practice
  • Describe the common types of dementia and identify the risk factors for dementia
  • Recognise the needs of diverse populations with dementia and locate appropriate resources to support their needs (e.g. people with younger onset dementia, Indigenous people with dementia).



This course is administered via the Canvas LMS. Participants will need:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • Operating system and a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS
  • Speakers or headphones for audio.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • Group enrolment of 5 or more from the same organisation: 15% discount
    • To take up this offer, email with
    • your organisation’s name and ABN,
    • the course name and date and
    • the number of people in your group (minimum of 5 participants).
  • UTS alumni and current students: 10% discount with voucher code Lawalumni
  • UTS staff: 10% discount

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 enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount

Please contact the team at to clarify payment options and the 10% staff discount code.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile(under “A bit about you”). If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • 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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Who is this course for?

This short course is suitable for, but not limited to:

  • General practitioners completing continuing legal education
  • Specialists in wills & estates and elder law related areas
  • Practitioners in the community legal sector.


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Meet the Expert

Dr Nola Ries

Dr Nola Ries
Professor, UTS Faculty of Law

Nola Ries, BA (Hons), JD, MPA, LLM, PhD (Behavioural Science), is an expert in law, health and ageing and a member of the UTS Law|Health|Justice Research Centre. She is qualified as a lawyer in Australia and Canada and is an experienced educator and researcher in the fields of Elder Law and Health Law. Nola has designed and delivered numerous university and continuing professional education courses for legal and health professionals.

Nola leads practice-relevant education and research on elder abuse, advance planning for incapacity, and the rights of people with dementia. She has a strong focus on community engagement and interprofessional collaboration to improve justice and health outcomes for older people. She is a prolific author of over 80 academic journal articles and book chapters. Nola serves on committees of the Australian Association of Gerontology and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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Self paced
Expert: Dr Nola Ries
  • This course will be delivered online via the Canvas Learning Management System.
  • Online
  • 1 session, 2 hours total
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