Australian Capital Territory

22 Apr 21

Reorientating the disorientated: Delirium as a distinct medical entity, and how it differs from dementia

The Australian Association of Gerontology invites you to an evening to learn more about delirium, how it differs from dementia, and its impact on patients and family members.

Delirium is a medical syndrome characterised by cardinal features of recent onset impaired consciousness, which is fluctuating in nature, inattention and disorganised thinking. Delirium is common, and up to 1 in 5 patients who are admitted to hospital can be affected by it. People living with dementia are particularly susceptible to developing delirium, and delirium can often be misdiagnosed as dementia or be interpreted as worsening of existing dementia. Many studies indicate that delirium is poorly recognised in hospital, which leads to delays in investigations and treatment.

  • Hear about delirium as a diagnostic entity, and how it differs from dementia
  • Learn about the medical consequences of untreated delirium
  • Understand the impact of delirium on patients and caregivers



Hear from our speakers:

Dr Michael Yoon Kang

Michael Kang is a Consultant Physician specialising in the field of Geriatric Medicine. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physician and is currently working as a Staff Specialist at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce in Canberra. He has wide ranges of research interests in conditions affecting older adults, including delirium. He will be focussing on delirium as a diagnostic entity and how it differs from dementia.

Ms Stella Creighton

Stella Creighton is a Specialist Nurse Practitioner based at More Than Medicine clinic located in Braddon, Canberra. Stella has over 10 years of experience in aged care, and provides a person-centred customised service specialising in the care of older people, including cognitive assessment. Stella will be sharing her own anecdotal experience of encountering delirium during her lengthy career in aged care.

Ms Jane Bennett

Jane Bennett is a retired teacher, writer and storyteller. Most recently, she served full time as primary carer for her husband, also a retired teacher, who struggled with a number of complex conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson’s Dementia until his passing in February 2021. She will be sharing her own experience of encountering delirium as a carer for her husband.


4.15pm - arrival
4.30pm - 5.15pm presentations
5.15pm - 5:30pm Q&A and networking

Venue location details:
University of Canberra

Lecture theatre 12B02 (Building 12, Level B, Room 02)
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Event Date & Time: Thursday 22nd April 4.15 for 4.30 - 5.30pm

Event Location: University of Canberra - Lecture theatre 12B02, ACT
Building 12, Level B, Room 02

Registrations Open: 1st Apr 21 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 22nd Apr 21 4:00 PM

Places Available: 29

AAG Members: Free
Non-Members:
Optional gold coin donation






Reorientating the disorientated: Delirium as a distinct medical entity, and how it differs from dementia

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