Dementia 6 - Legal perspective on dementia care

Dementia 6 - Legal perspective on dementia care

AMC and eLearning Products
Updated May 24, 2024

What you'll learn

  • support individuals to exercise choice and independence, even when it involves risk, to enable them to live the best life they can (Aged Care Quality Standard 1)
  • support clients in communicating their decisions (Aged Care Quality Standard 1)
  • support clients to participate in the community, relationships and activities (Aged Care Quality Standard 4)
  • provide and environment in which the client feels safe and experiences freedom of movement indoors and outdoors (Aged Care Quality Standard 5)
Course Description

This is module 6 of a nine-part series looking at dementia. In this module, we look at the legislation that underpins aged care in Australia, and some specific issues such as dignity of risk, neglect and abuse, compulsory reporting requirements, missing persons, and restraint.

This course has been mapped to the Aged Care Quality Standards 1, 4, 5 and 7.

In this course the following areas will be covered:

  • balancing duty of care and dignity of risk
  • neglect, abuse, and compulsory reporting
  • strategies to reduce wandering, and what to do if a person goes missing
  • minimising restraint.


Business Outcomes

Care staff will be better equipped to respond to:

  • a client’s desire to undertake an activity involving some risk
  • suspicions or evidence of neglect or abuse
  • a client’s tendency to wander at the risk of becoming lost.

Care staff will also understand the policy of minimal restraint and learn strategies for minimising changed behaviour.