5 February, 2019
Estimated time to complete:
Continuing Professional Education
This course summarises current evidence-based information regarding the introduction, management and withdrawal of antipsychotic medication use for responsive behaviour, when all other non-drug strategies have been unsuccessful.
A case study and short film snippets are used to illustrate how aged care teams are able to use specific DTA resources to implement current recommendations regarding these medications. The learner’s understanding of the program’s content is evaluated throughout using interactive activities.
The program is divided into three steps:
- Step one: Dementia and responsive behaviours
A brief review of dementia and responsive behaviours, and appropriate support options for a person with dementia who is experiencing responsive behaviours.
- Step two: Optimising antipsychotic medication management of responsive behaviours
A description of DTA medication management resources that may be used within residential aged care facilities to optimise use of antipsychotic medication management for residents experiencing responsive behaviours. A case study illustrates where medications may be useful in the care of a person with dementia who is experiencing a responsive behaviour. The step also discusses potential benefits and risks, including situations where medications are and are not appropriate.
- Step three: Starting and stopping antipsychotic medication
Continuing with the case study, this step describes a possible process to start, monitor and withdraw an antipsychotic medication for a responsive behaviour when all non-drug measures have been unsuccessful.
Primary Learner Setting
- Primary care
- Residential aged care
- Content may also be relevant to or suitable for community care and other: University VET or Research Institute
Target Learner Occupations
- Allied Health Professionals e.g. pharmacists
- Aged care workers e.g. medication competent care workers
Continuing Professional Education Statement
Completion of this course provides 1 hour of professional education – a certificate of completion will be issued after satisfactory course completion which will include passing an online knowledge quiz.
Dementia Training Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund, funded by the Australian Government.
This eLearning program was developed by Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia.
The following people are specifically acknowledged for their contribution:
- Bronwen Wright, Medication Management Consultant, Project Pharmacist Officer, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
- Katrina Fyfe, Manager, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
Andrew Stafford, Director, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
- Kate Fulford, Medication Management Consultant, Project Pharmacist Officer, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
- Date from February 5, 2019
- Date to February 19, 2019
- Location / Region Free Online Dementia Courses
- Asset Type eLearning
- Learning Pathway Discovery, Inquiry
- Topic Areas Dementia (general), Responsive Behaviours, Medication Management
- Target Audience Residential Aged Care, In Home or Community-Based Care, University VET or Research Institute
- Target Occupations Medical & Pharmacy, Medical Specialist, General Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Psychogeriatrician, Pharmacist, Intern or resident, Nurse Specialist, Registered Nurse, Practice Nurse, Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, Enrolled Nurse, Assistant in Nursing, Student Nurse
- Target Populations Anyone with Dementia
- Knowledge Translation Thinking, Doing
- Registration Phone +61 2 4221 5555
Learning OutcomesBy completing this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe Responsive Behaviours and current evidence-based recommendations to support a person with dementia who is experiencing responsive behaviours
- Utilise DTA resources to assist with the optimisation of medication management of responsive behaviours
- Identify beneficial and detrimental effects associated with antipsychotic medications when used for responsive behaviours
You must complete each step before you will be able to access a short evaluation and print a certificate of completion. You may be able to use the certificate as acknowledgement for Continuous Professional Development.
Use the button below to express your interest in registering for this course. Once your registration is confirmed, you will be provided access codes via email.
Phone: +61 2 4221 5555
- Registrations Open: 04 Dec 2018
- Registrations Close: 05 Feb 2019
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