How much do you know about dementia?

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The University of Tasmania and Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre are doing research into dementia knowledge in rural areas

Dementia describes a range of degenerative disorders and diseases and shows itself as a slow decline in brain function.

There are more than 350,000 Australians living with dementia, but public knowledge about the disease is low.

Global leaders in dementia education, The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre are interested in learning how much rural areas know about dementia.

"We actually don't know much about what rural Tasmanians know about dementia," Wicking evaluation manager Claire Eccleston said.

"We're also trying to find people who might be interested in talking to us about their community and what they feel their community should be learning about dementia, and how they'd like to learn." 

The University of Tasmania offers two free courses for those interested in knowning more about the disease.

There is also a Bachelor of Dementia Care which as a HECS waiver. 

For more information about the courses available at Wicking, head online to utas.edu.au/wicking.