Management of Antipsychotic Medications for Responsive Behaviour in Residential Aged Care

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01 Dec 2017

DTA-7907-12-17 : Management of Antipsychotic Medications for Responsive Behaviour in Residential Aged Care

Start Date: December 1, 2017

This program summarises current evidence regarding:

  • The management of responsive behaviours with first-line non-pharmacological (non-drug) strategies
  • The introduction, management and withdrawal of antipsychotic medication use for responsive behaviours, 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 estimated to take around 60 minutes to complete and 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.

Upon the successful completion of all three steps, learners are presented with a certificate confirming their participation in the program.

This course is estimated to take 60 minutes to complete.

Learning Outcomes

By 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

Professional Value

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. You will receive instructions regarding how to begin the course just prior to it's start date.


Phone: +61 2 4221 5555

  • Registrations Open: 26 Sep 2017
  • Registrations Close: 30 Nov 2017

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