Careworker Training Module


Welcome to the online learning module for carers working with Aboriginal* people living with Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD).

Purpose of the module
By the end of this training module, you will be able to:

  • understand the MJD Foundation’s approach to work

  • describe what MJD is and how it passes through families,

  • recognise the symptoms of MJD and explain how it affects the body, communication and sleep

  • identify care techniques to treat and manage symptoms of MJD, and

  • build your awareness of cultural aspects of care.

This is the first step to building your knowledge and understanding of MJD, and how to help people manage disease, by working together and in a culturally aware way.

Face-to-face Care Worker training is also conducted by MJD Foundation staff, and you should attend a session when possible.

How to use this resource

How long does this module take?

This is a self-paced module that will take approximately one and a half hours to complete.

Each page includes an estimate of how much time each topic will take.

How to navigate the training

Please move through the pages by using the 'next' button on the bottom right of each page.

To complete the module, please watch and read the resources on each page. Further optional resources can be found under the ‘Want to know more’ section at the bottom of each page, if you would like to learn more about the topics covered.

When you see:

📝 There is an activity for you to complete to help build your knowledge.

💡There are practical hints and tips you should be aware of as a carer.

For accessibility purposes, we have developed a word version if this training. Please email if you have any difficulties completing the online module, and we can send you a copy separately.

Module completion and certificate

There is a quiz at the end of the training, which will assess your understanding of this module.

Once you have finished the training, a certificate of completion will be emailed to you within 2 weeks.

We hope you find this training helpful and welcome you to send any feedback to:

*The MJD Foundation uses the term Aboriginal in preference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in recognition that Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of Arnhem Land. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is used in the national context. No disrespect is intended to our Torres Strait Islander families and communities. The MJDF acknowledges the inclusion of Torres Strait Islanders who may be affected by MJD.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should exercise caution when completing this module,
as it may contain images of deceased persons.