Understanding Dementia: Your Essential Guide

Because Every Step Matters When
Things Aren't Quite Right

Discover 'Not Quite Right': Your Essential Guide to Understanding Dementia

Welcome to 'Not Quite Right,' a comprehensive 12-module online course crafted to empower those navigating the complexities of dementia alongside their aging loved ones. Whether you're just starting to notice subtle shifts or are grappling with the challenges of end-of-life care, this course offers invaluable insights and guidance at your fingertips.

Why 'Not Quite Right'?

Designed for Convenience: Our course structure allows you to learn at your own pace, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. No more scheduling conflicts or rushing through lessons.

Empowering Knowledge: From the initial signs of dementia to navigating palliative care and beyond, each module equips you with the information and understanding you need to confidently face the road ahead.

Join us on this transformative journey of understanding and support. Enroll now to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate dementia care with compassion and clarity.



Dr Ferghal Armstrong



Maree Eisma

Clinical and Mental Health Social Worker

Your Presenters


Dr Ferghal Armstrong


Ferghal is a general practitioner, Addiction Medicine specialist and fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

He has worked as a GP treating elderly patients both in the community and in residential care settings for the last 18 years. His other interests include addiction medicine, skin cancer medicine and occupational health


Maree Eisma

Maree is an Accredited Clinical and Mental Health Social worker with over 20 years of clinical experience.

Maree has extensive therapeutic experience in caring for and managing patients with cognitive decline both in specialist environments and also in community settings.

What You'll Learn In This Online Course...

Module 1:

Understanding Early Signs

Delve into the early signs of dementia, from falls to confusion, and gain clarity on when to consider residential care.

Module 2:

The Role of Healthcare Professionals

Explore the crucial role of GPs in diagnosing cognitive impairment and dementia, ensuring a thorough understanding before moving forward.

Module 3:

Demystifying Dementia

Unravel the complexities of dementia types and terminology, while learning to recognize common symptoms and behaviors.

Module 4:

Navigating Cognitive Dementia Services

Discover the professionals and services involved in cognitive dementia care, empowering you to access the support your loved one needs.

Module 5:

Engaging with Aged Care

Learn how to navigate the aged care system effectively, ensuring your loved one's needs are met through a coordinated approach.

Module 6:

Understanding Assessment Services

Gain insight into the role of ACAS teams and the process of transitioning to residential care when necessary.

Module 7:

Exploring Respite Care

Discover the importance of respite care and its role in long-term residential care, including funding and financial responsibilities.

Module 8:

Assessing Residential Care Quality

Explore quality indicators and aged care standards to ensure the best possible care for your loved one.

Module 9:

Ensuring Organisational Excellence

Delve into the remaining aged care standards, focusing on organizational service, feedback mechanisms, and human resources.

Module 10:

Embracing Advance Care Planning

Learn the benefits of advance care planning and overcome challenges in its implementation.

Module 11:

Facing Medical Challenges

Prepare for the journey ahead by understanding the medical considerations in dementia progression.

Module 12:

Navigating End-of-Life Care

Gain insights into the transition to palliative and end-of-life care, providing comfort and support during this sensitive time.

Online Course - Not Quite Right

Dr Ferghal Armstrong & Maree Eisma

12 Lessons (10hrs of learning)

1. Something's Not Quite Right - 30:50

2. Assessment of cognitive decline - 31:22

3. Classification of dementia - 41:04

4. Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service - 32:25

5. Maintenance of independent living - 29:08

6. The ACAS assessment - 33:50

7. Respite care and funding for long term residential care - 33:22

8. Selecting an Aged Care Residential Facility - 36:13

9. Residential Aged Care Standards continued - 28:21

10. Understanding the Advance Care Plan - 26:58

11. Patient deterioration - 28:43

12. Palliative care - 30:36


  • How to identify and interpret the initial symptoms of physical and mental decline, including falls, hygiene, diet, cognitive frailty, and disorientation

  • Common issues a general practitioner looks for and the tests that are performed to make a diagnosis. You will begin to understand the role of the GP and how they go about assessing medical and psychological issues through a process of exclusion.

  • Underlying diseases that cause dementia and how they differ from each other. Using real-life examples, you'll learn how each type of dementia results in unique symptoms that affect loved ones and families.

  • The role each healthcare professional involved with a Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) plays in a cognitive assessment.

  • What to consider when choosing an aged care facility. Discussions include the role of Aged Care Assessment Teams, moving a loved one from respite care to permanent residential care, and the role of Aged Care Assessors.

  • How to approach Advance Care Plans, directives, end stage palliative care, and bereavement.

Get instant access and start learning from anywhere, anytime and any computer or device.


10 hours of online training video

32 page resource guide

If you have an ageing loved one who is showing signs of not coping at home, making the right decisions about future care places an emotional burden on those involved.

Investing in this course gives you peace of mind and will make it easier for you and your family to meet the challenges ahead.


How much training is there?

There are over Ten Hours of discussion with Dr Ferghal Armstrong and Maree Eisma. Broken down into 12 easily watched modules.

Is it easy to follow?

No prior knowledge of the Aged care system or types of dementia are required. Ferghal and Maree take the time to discuss each issue, making it easy to follow.

What if I have questions?

For techincal support you can email us directly using the link we provide in your welcome email. Further support is available via our private community. See details at the end of the last module in the course.

Are there any downloadable resources?

Yes, as part of the course you will be provided with a 30 page resource guide.

This contains all the contacts and websites discussed in the course and more.

The resource guide can be kept as a ready reference for when you need it.

Is this course relevant to those living outside Australia?

This course details the following issues which are relevant to everyone dealing with a loved one who is suffering from cognitive frailty.

• The assessment of cognitive frailty

• The process of diagnosing dementia

• The need to plan care both at home and in formal residential settings

• The stages of clinical deterioration

• End of life care

These issues affect us all wherever we live.

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