Past Webinar Recordings

30 Aug 13

Too Much of a Good Thing? Quality Use of Medicines in Older People

There is no doubt that older people stand to benefit from appropriately prescribed and monitored medications. But with up to 40% of older Australians taking five or more medications, medicines-related problems are very common. The prescribing of medications to older people and the way older people look after their own medications is a delicate balance. Many factors need to be taken into account if we want to improve the quality use of medicines.

A particularly vulnerable group of older Australians are those living in residential aged care facilities. Far too many are prescribed psychotropic medications which cause a host of problems, including falls, incontinence and even premature death.

In this seminar, you will hear from some of Australia’s leading clinicians, researchers, policy-makers and consumer representatives in the area of older people and medicines. As an outcome of this seminar, you will:

  • Learn why and how medicines often create particular problems for older people
  • Learn what you can do to prevent medicine - related problems, how to recognise them and what to do about them whey they happen
  • Understand what's going wrong in aged care when it comes to medicines.
  • Learn more about alternatives to medications for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
  • Find out about resources that are available to help improve quality use of medicines, such as Home Medicine Reviews and Residential Medication Management Review.

To download a copy of the presentations, please click on the presenter's name below:

Assoc Prof Vasi Naganathan
Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, University of Sydney

Assoc Prof Sarah Hilmer
HOD Clinical Pharmacology, Royal North Shore Hospital and University of Sydney

Prof Andrew McLachlan
Chair of Pharmacy (Aged Care), University of Sydney

Prof David Le Couteur
Medicine, Concord Clinical School, ANZAC Research Institute, University of Sydney

Mr Zain Elgebaly
Program Officer, Health Professional Services, NPS MedicineWise

Ms Marie Skinner
Senior Policy Advisor, National Seniors Australia

Mr Md Habibullah
Project Coordinator, Health Promotion Sevice for Older People,
Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW Inc.

Dr Helen Creasey
Visiting Medical Officer, Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, University of Sydney

Event Details

To download a copy of the flyer and manual registration form click here

Event Date & Time:

Event Date & Time: Friday, 30th August 2013

Event Location: University of Sydney, Concord Medical Education Centre, NSW
B26, Gate 3, Concord Hospital
Hospital Rd, Concord NSW 2139

Registrations Open: 28th Jul 13 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 30th Aug 13 11:59 PM

Places Available: 69

Your Investment

Member: $75.00
Member Concession/Student: $40.00
Non Member: $100.00
Non Member Concession/Student: $55.00
Enter the code NSW130830 when paying to receive this discounted rate.

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