Online dementia course

Dementia Friendly Pharmacy

3 hours

3 weeks

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Explore the ways in which community pharmacies can improve their ability to meet the needs of family carers of people living with dementia.

Suitable for people working in:

Mixed , Community Care , Primary Care , Acute Care

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About this Course

Explore the ways in which community pharmacies can improve their ability to meet the needs of family carers of people living with dementia. You will develop clinical skills which can be used in evaluating medication management strategies for people living with dementia.

This course consists of 5 sections:

  1. Introduction case study
    Work through a case study to exemplify why pharmacies need to become more dementia friendly.
  2. Dementia friendly pharmacy
    Explore the ways in which community pharmacies can improve their ability to meet the needs of family carers of people living with dementia.
  3. Medication management
    Investigate the medications used in the management of some of the symptoms of dementia.
  4. Medications which should be used with caution
    Learn about the medications which should be used with caution in people living with dementia.
  5. Case study
    Review what you have learnt throughout the lesson by working through a case study of a wife caring for her husband with dementia.

Learning Outcomes

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of community pharmacy in assisting family carers of people living with dementia
  • Explain the principles of a dementia friendly pharmacy and the steps to becoming dementia friendly
  • Evaluate and promote the appropriate use of medications frequently used to support people with dementia
  • Identify medications to be avoided in people living with dementia

Continuing Professional Education

This activity has been accredited for 3 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 3 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 3 hours of Group 2 CPD (6 CPD credits).
 
A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of the course and relevant assessment activities.

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 resource was developed by Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia:

  • Kate Fulford, Medication Management Consultant, Project Pharmacist, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Andrew Stafford, Director, Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia

The contributions of the following people to this resource is acknowledged with gratitude:

  • Amanda Bryce, Gerald Burns Pharmacy
  • Carolyn Glazier, Gerald Burns Pharmacy
  • Lisa Bodlovich, Gerald Burns Pharmacy
  • June Lewis, carer of husband with dementia
  • Dr Tanya Petrovich, Dementia Australia

This resource was developed from materials originally prepared by the Western Australian Dementia Training Study Centre at Curtin University. The contribution of the following people to that project is gratefully a cknowledged, without whom it would not have been possible:

  • Associate Professor Lynne Emerton, Curtin University School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science
  • Jovana Seat, Professional Services Manager, Pharmacy 777 Group
  • Dr Lyn Philipson, University of Wollongong Centre for Health Initiatives

Alzheimer’s Western Australia Dementia Advocates

  • Ross Ayre
  • William Jefferies
  • Peter Hosking
  • Sury Rao

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  • Continued professional development and education

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