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Dementia is not a single specific condition; it is a term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning (Alzheimer’s Australia 2005; AIHW 2013). It is characterised by the impairment of brain functions including, a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and emotional reactions and is usually of gradual onset, progressive and irreversible. There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own cause and symptoms, the most common include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Dementia affects mostly older people; however it is not a normal part of ageing. At present there is no prevention or cure for most forms of dementia, therefore support is vital for people with dementia and the help of families and carers can make a positive difference (Alzheimer’s Australia 2005).

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This course is a review of the principles of organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. It is designed as a foundation for the students' understanding of pharmacology, physiology, and the anesthesia gas machine. This course will also provide an introduction to the chemical structure-activity relationships, metabolism and mechanism of action of selected agents.

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In January 2005, the Australian Health Ministers jointly agreed to develop the National Framework for Action on Dementia 2006-2010 (The Framework or NFAD) to provide an opportunity to create a strategic, collaborative and cost-effective response to dementia across Australia (Australian Health Ministers Conference [AHMC] 2006). The Framework was developed in consultation with Australian Community Services and Aged Care Ministers, but also people with dementia, their carers, families, the peak bodies that represent them, key stakeholders and service providers. It focuses on outcomes that can be best achieved nationally, with the cooperation of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, rather than on any individual jurisdiction’s initiatives. The Australian Health Ministers identified five priority areas in The Framework: care and support services; access and equity; information and education; research; and workforce and training strategies. These priority areas are fundamental to the quality of life of people with dementia as well as having the potential to yield the greatest benefits from the adoption of a national approach (AHMC 2006). However, whilst these priority areas are the collective responsibility of all governments, either the Australian Government or States and Territories will take the lead for key priorities for which they are primarily responsible.

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This course focuses on research-related competencies of graduate nursing students. Students enroll on an as-needed basis as determined by the instructor. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the graduate nursing DNP program and permission of instructor.

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Designed to provide the advanced doctoral student with an opportunity to investigate specific topics of current interest in the health services. Prerequisites: DNP standing or permission of the instructor.

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This capstone course is designed to facilitate the ability of the advanced practice nurse to synthesize, translate, and disseminate practice-focused research findings and apply them to practice settings.

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Curriculum

This course is designed to provide the Advanced Practice Nurse with the knowledge and skills to practice as an expert clinician, a program evaluator, a team leader, and a change agent with emphasis on translational and evidence-based research. Corequisite: .

Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Curriculum

This course focuses on clinical and/or research-related competencies of DNP graduate nursing students. Students enroll on an as-needed basis as determined by the instructor. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the graduate nursing program and permission of instructor.

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This essay will briefly define dementia and highlight its significance as a public health issue in Australia. In addition it will demonstrate that dementia is an international public health issue and the worldwide policy response, which will provide context to discuss and analyse Australia’s history of policy addressing dementia. The application of the worldwide policy is in context to both State and Territory and Federal policy. To conclude, this essay will define public health and illustrate its role in tackling the dementia epidemic.