Kate Fulford and Andrew Stafford report on the findings from the first two years of the DTA’s Medication Management Consultancy; a pivotal pharmacist-led consultancy service reducing antipsychotic usage in residential aged care facilities across Australia
There is optimism that the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety can stimulate real change beyond words, writes DTA Executive Director, Professor Belinda Goodenough, for the Australian Journal of Dementia Care.
DTA’s Medication Management Consultancy has seen as much as a 60% relative reduction in antipsychotic medications prescribed within residential aged care facilities across Australia.
On July 1, Dementia Training Australia welcomed Professor Belinda Goodenough to the role of Executive Director, taking the reins from Professor Richard Fleming.
The Fellowship programs at DTA all have a common theme – to place the wellbeing of people living with dementia at the heart of care quality.
Responsive behaviours are experienced by many people who are living with dementia. Non-medication approaches are overwhelmingly the most appropriate and effective means of providing support.
A new online course is helping pharmacists improve their dementia knowledge to the benefit of their local communities.
A new online course aims to increase dementia knowledge among community pharmacists as the health professionals most commonly visited by people living with dementia and their family carers.