Estimated Duration: 
5 hours

This course on dementia is the result of a national collaboration between primary, secondary and tertiary care providers. It is heavily informed by the Waitemata DHB pilot of GPs and practice nurses assessing, diagnosing and managing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and typical dementia.

Dementia requires chronic care management. There is strong evidence that primary care is the right place for its assessment, diagnosis, and management.  

This resource distils the literature and provides the evidence that informs Cognitive Impairment Pathways used across New Zealand. It is designed to build primary care confidence, competence, and consistency in assessing, diagnosing, and managing MCI and typical dementia.      

This course cites Northern Region pathways, however, links to each District Health Board across NZ are provided.    

The following topics are covered in this course: 

  • Introduction
  • Why diagnose in primary care
  • Putting it in context
  • Forgetfulness
  • Cultural considerations
  • What is dementia?  
  • What is mild cognitive impairment (MCI)?
  • Diagnostic work up
  • Types of dementia
  • Diagnostic discussion   
  • When to refer to a specialist  
  • Dementia care plan 
  • Living well with dementia 
  • Risk reduction 
  • Legal implications 
  • Hints from GPs in Pilot
  • Viewpoints of people with dementia

Each topic contains a short video interview with nominated specialist(s), with key points noted below each video.


Following the course you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. When you complete the quiz please hit the 'submit' button to receive your certificate. This course provides 5 MOPs point or 5 hours of CPD.


This course was created through a collaboration by specialists in dementia. Overall clinical guidance was provided by Dr Alan Davis, MBChB, FRACP, Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Health of Older People and Clinical Support, Northland District Health Board, in his role as Clinical Leader Northern Regional Alliance (NRA) Health of Older People Services Leadership Group, 2017. 

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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