Online module

Introduction to appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives

1 hour

2 weeks

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Learn to balance the risks and benefits of using benzodiazepines and other sedatives in people living with dementia.

Suitable for people working in:

Community Care , Primary Care , Residential Care

This module is part of the course:

Appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives

Introduction to appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives

Introduction to appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives


This module explores the role benzodiazepines and other sedatives play in supporting a person with dementia experiencing a responsive behaviour. Throughout this module you will learn to balance the risks and benefits of using benzodiazepines and other sedatives in people living with dementia, and explore the current guidelines to support future prescribing if deemed necessary.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the role of benzodiazepines and other sedatives in supporting a person with dementia experiencing a responsive behaviour.
  • Recognise the risks that benzodiazepines and other sedatives carry when used in people with dementia and identify common adverse effects.
  • Identify the indications which benzodiazepines may be prescribed for.

Continuing Professional Education

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful completion of this module.

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 eLearning program was developed by Dementia Training Australia, University of Western Australia.

The following people are specifically acknowledged for their contribution:

Resource development

  • Bronwen Wright
  • Andrew Stafford
  • Ellie Newman
  • Kate Fulford
  • Melissa Morley
  • San San Tan

Review and feedback

  • Katrina Fyfe
  • Adrian Moody
  • Margaret Winbolt
  • Elizabeth Miles
  • Donna Moore
  • Catherine Ross

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