Managing Medicines in Older People Programme

  • 14 Aug 2019
  • 07:30 pm - 07:30 pm
  • Live Webinar,
  • $395.00 incl. GST for members
  • $495.00 incl. GST for non-members
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About the event

Join this 9 week programme beginning 7 August 2019 to learn about the physiological changes associated with ageing and the impact on prescribing, factors contributing to successful ageing, polypharmacy – why this is an issue and the consequences. Also learn about features and frequency of later-life depression and treatment of depression in older people.

Presented By: Dr John Geddes, Dr Carl Hanger and Dr Adam Sims

Dr John Geddes is a Geriatrician from Christchurch. He is the clinical lead for the ‘Older People Undergoing Surgery’ (OPUS) service in Christchurch Hospital. He is a member of the CDHB Falls and Fractures Service level alliance. His interests include post-graduate learning, perioperative frailty, falls, and osteoporosis. He is involved in supervision of pre-vocational doctors, and also teaches on the ‘Advanced Surgery’ module for the University of Otago (Christchurch). He is the local co-ordinator of training for geriatric medicine and is currently a member of the NZ Adult Medicine Education Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Dr Carl Hanger is a Geriatrician based in Canterbury District Health Board. He has broad clinical interests, including management and rehabilitation of frail older people in all settings (community, institutions and hospitals). He works both in the hospital environment (responsible for one inpatient ward), outpatient clinics and undertakes home visits in the community. His research interests are also varied including stroke services, stroke rehabilitation, appropriate prescribing in hospital and in community/residential care, anticoagulant use, nutrition and falls. He is actively involved in Australian New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM) and is currently on both the executive and council groups of ANZSGM, as well as being the current president of the NZ division of ANZSGM.

Dr Adam Sims completed a BSc in Psychology and then trained in Medicine at the University of Otago. In 2011, he specialised in Psychiatry becoming a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has sub specialty qualifications in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry. In 2013, he completed a Master in Medical Science through the University of Otago. Adam currently works at the Capital and Coast District Health Board as a Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist and Old Age Psychiatrist. Alongside clinical work he is a senior lecturer in the department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago coordinating and teaching the first year Psychiatry Registrar teaching program. He is a current member of the New Zealand committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the New Zealand committee for the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry and chair of the New Zealand Faculty of Consultation Liaison Psychiatrists.

Live Webinar Times & Dates:

It is estimated that the live training's will be approximately 90 – 120 minutes each.

  • Principles of Prescribing in Older People - Wednesday 7 August 2019 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Polypharmacy - Wednesday 21 August 2019 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Depression and Vascular Dementia - Wednesday 11 September 2019 from 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Healthy Ageing - Wednesday 25 September 2019 from 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all activities, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how physiological changes associated with ageing impact on prescribing decisions
  • Explain how unique psychosocial and chronic illnesses can impact on medication use and administration
  • Explain why polypharmacy is an issue
  • Describe how polypharmacy is measured
  • Describe factors driving an increase in polypharmacy
  • Explain deprescribing and the evidence around this
  • Describe the features and frequency of late-life depression
  • Recognise the risk factors for suicide and some of the potential treatment options
  • Identify the pharmacological treatment of depression in the older adult
  • Describe factors contributing to successful ageing


Pharmacists must achieve a pass mark in all assessments in order to attain completion. Marking will commence after the closing date for assignments and completion advised thereafter (as these require manual marking).

Once completed a Certificate of Completion of the Programme will be available.

One learning package must be purchased for each individual.


Group 1: To be confirmed

Group 2: To be confirmed

Note: Readings are not assessed. You may allocate 1 Group 1 point per hour of learning for readings.

80% Assessment Pass Percentage must be attained for completion.

Non Member Registration

Non PSNZ members can register for this event. Please note you will need to register as a user on the PSNZ website before you can register to attend the event. Look for the "New user? Register now" option at the bottom of the Login screen.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment must be received before your registration is processed. Instructions on how to access this course will be emailed to your preferred email address once your registration is processed.

Access to this online course will expire six months after payment is received.

Registrations are subject to our terms of trade and privacy policy. Cancellations will not be accepted; the course fee may be transferred to another course or person depending on the situation and advised in writing, but no refunds are available. Expired registrations will not be refunded. By submitting this application you agree to these terms and conditions.


By enrolling in this training, you are confirming that all work undertaken within this training programme and assessment answers are your own. If there are grounds to believe that cheating or plagiarism has occurred, we will investigate and your work may be disallowed and you will be unable to complete the training.