Online module

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:

Acute Care , Primary Care , Community Care , Mixed

This module is part of the course:

Dementia friendly pharmacy

Dementia Friendly Pharmacy

Dementia Friendly Pharmacy

This course is divided into five sections:

  • 1
    Introduction
    • This module will explore the ways in which community pharmacists can improve their ability to meet the needs of family carers of people living with dementia.
  • 2
    The Dementia Friendly Pharmacy
    • The aim of this section is to 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
    • Throughout this section you will learn about the medications used in the management of some of the symptoms of dementia.
  • 4
    Medications which should be used with caution
    • In this section you will learn about the medications which should be used with caution in people living with dementia.
  • 5
    Case study
    • This case study will work through some of the things you have learnt throughout this lesson. This case study is not assessed, it is intended to put some things into context.
  • 6
    Assessment
    • This assessment will test your knowledge from the Dementia Friendly Pharmacy module. To be eligible for Group 2 CPD credits you need to achieve a score of 80% in this 15 question assessment.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you should 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


Accreditation number: CX180099.

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) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Acknowledgements

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:

Gerald Burns Pharmacy staff, in particular:

  • Gerald Burns Pharmacy staff, in particular; Amanda Bryce, Carolyn Glazier and Lisa Bodlovich.
  • June Lewis, carer of husband with dementia
  • Dementia Australia, in particular; Dr Tanya Petrovich.

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 acknowledged, without whom it would not have been possible:

  • Curtin University School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science
    Associate Professor Lynne Emerton
  • Pharmacy 777 Group
    Jovana Seat
    Professional Services Manager
  • University of Wollongong Centre for Health Initiatives
    Dr Lyn Philipson
  • Alzheimer’s Western Australia Dementia Advocates
    Ross Ayre
    William Jefferies
    Peter Hosking
    Sury Rao

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