Depression and Vascular Dementia - On Demand

About the event

This course is provided by College Education and Training, a business unit of Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc.

This course was initially created as one of the four learning modules in our 2019 Managing Medicines in Older People Programme. Due to popular demand, we are now offering it as a standalone course. Because of the context in which it was developed it is more than just a webinar and the assessment component also contains an additional case study. This is reflected in the higher than usual ENHANCE group 2 points that can be allocated.

Presented By: Dr Adam Sims

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. Consultation–liaison psychiatry is a psychiatric subspecialty focusing on the practice of psychiatry in collaboration with a range of other health professionals, often in a hospital setting. 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.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe the features and frequency of late-life depression
  • Describe the crucial interplay of depressive disorder in later life with physical comorbidity and cognitive impairment
  • Recognise the risk factors for suicide and some of the potential treatment options.
  • Describe reasons for drug treatment variability in the older adult.
  • Identify the pharmacological treatment of depression in the older adult.


Pharmacists must achieve a pass mark in all assessments in order to attain completion. There is a multi-choice quiz and a case study to complete in this course. An 80% pass mark is needed to pass this course. Once completed a Certificate of Completion will be available.

One learning package must be purchased for each individual.


This course has been accredited by PSNZ ENHANCE and pharmacists may allocate 5 Group TWO points on successful completion of the learning activity, evidenced by receipt of the PSNZ College Certificate of Completion.

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

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.