Dementia Care Specialisation within Level 3 and 4 programs launched

Dementia Care Specialisation within Level 3 and 4 programs launched

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Specialist dementia care study options within New Zealand Tertiary College’s (NZTC) Level 3 and Level 4 programs have been launched in response to the healthcare sector’s need.

The New Zealand Aged Care Association recently noted, “We need a vocational education system that is flexible and able to respond to changing needs. Dementia care for example is a growing area of need that requires specialist training through a system that can deliver in a timely way.”

NZTC’s dementia care programs have been designed with flexibility and student support front of mind. The programs aim to develop healthcare assistants with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for working with clients affected by dementia.

NZTC study options include:

  • Certificate in Dementia Care
    Unit Standards: 23920, 23921, 23922, 23923
  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing – Health Assistance Strand
    (Level 3) Dementia Care Specialisation
  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support)
    (Level 4) Dementia Care Specialisation

Dementia care unit standards replace general courses if students select the specialisation option within the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing – Health Assistance Strand (Level 3) or New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) (Level 4).

Students learn about the stages, symptoms and behaviours of clients living with dementia and how to respond to changes. Communication skills for supporting dementia clients and their families/whānau are also developed throughout the program.

“Alzheimers New Zealand expects that more than 170,000 New Zealanders will be living with dementia by 2050. Healthcare assistants support their clients and their communities through this and we are privileged to provide study options and wrap-around student support for carers to develop their skills in dementia care,” said NZTC Chief Executive Selena Fox.

The college’s dementia care programs have monthly intakes and are studied in a blended learning mode while students work or volunteer in a dementia care facility. For more information contact enrolments@nztertiarycollege.ac.nz or visit www.nztertiarycollege.ac.nz/health-and-wellbeing/programs.