Medication Management Consultancy

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There is a growing awareness of the potential over- and inappropriate use of psychotropic medications, such as antipsychotics and other sedatives, in older people, especially those with dementia.

DTA provides a consultancy service that assists residential care providers to ensure that their use of antipsychotic medications is aligned with recommended practice.

The Medication Management Consultancy is only be offered as a component of a DTA Tailored Training Package, and its availability is linked to the initial Training Needs Assessment.

The Consultancy utilises a flexible delivery model that integrates into other quality use of medicines programs currently implemented within residential aged care environments.

It includes:

  • Benchmarking before and after implementation to measure
    • Staff knowledge about recommended use of antipsychotic medications for responsive behaviours
    • Number of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications for responsive behaviours
  • Resources to support appropriate use of antipsychotic medications for responsive behaviours
    • DTA reminder stickers, reference cards and reference poster
    • Online staff education about recommended guidelines for use of antipsychotic medications for responsive behaviours
    • Education for staff on how to use DTA resources
    • Fact sheets for relatives and carers about antipsychotic medication use for responsive behaviours (Alzheimer’s Australia)
  • Support
    • DTA consultant to support staff through the change process
    • Development of a mechanism to ensure sustainability of changes at the workplace e.g. policy and procedure

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