Optimising Health Outcomes in the Elderly - Live Programme

  • 12 Aug 2020
  • 07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
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  • $395.00 incl. GST for members
  • $495.00 incl. GST for non-members
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About the event

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

Due to popular demand to our 2019 Managing Medicines in Older People Programme, College Education and Training excited to present - Optimising Health in Older People Programme in 2020. This programme can be done as a standalone programme or as a follow on from the Managing Medicines in Older People Programme.

Feedback from our Managing Medicines in Older People Programme -

"All the webinars were excellent. Enjoyed the case studies. It was great to have the webinar made available for us to revisit."

"I enjoyed that balance of medication focus with the holistic whole of person approach- it was refreshing to have a course that made you think about the impact of clinician's tone in conversations and how we contribute to an older person's social network and whole of system approach to health."

"I thought the program and its contents as whole were excellent, all of the content felt like new learning and was very relevant to practice, The speakers were all excellent and at no point did I feel that the lectures or activities lacked relevance."

PRESENTED BY: Dr John Geddes and Dr Chong

Dr John Geddes is a Geriatrician from Christchurch. He is the clinical lead for the ‘Older People Under Surgeons’ (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, teaches on the ‘Advanced Surgery’ module for the University of Otago (Christchurch), and helps coordinate the local training programme for geriatric medicine.

Dr Chong is a geriatrician consultant currently practicing acute geriatric medicine with MidCentral DHB. He has clinical interest in the biology of ageing, polypharmacy and deprescribing, and frailty and sarcopenia in the older person. His PhD with the University of Otago profiled the physiology of Anti-Mullerian Hormone in the adult lifespan of the human male, presented in the context of other testicular hormones. He is a clinical examiner with the Royal Australasian College of Physician, and has a strong interest in clinical education with former roles as Educational Supervisor with the NZ Medical Council and Senior Clinical Lecturer with the School of Medicine in Otago.

Live Webinar Times & Dates:

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

Syndrome-based conditions
- Wednesday 12th August 2020 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Pharmacological management of diabetes mellitus in the elderly
- Wednesday 26th August 2020 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Cardiovascular system in older people - Wednesday 9th September 2020 from 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Nutrition and deprescribing cases - Tuesday 30th September 2020 from 7.30pm - 9.30pm

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for the programme timetable.

If you are unable to make it to a live event, you can still partake in the programme, as a recording of each webinar will be provided on the course page within a few days.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the ‘geriatric giants’ to view older people through a lens of what impacts their lives
  • Recognise the pharmacists role in ameliorating risks
  • Review of insulin resistance and diabetes risk with ageing
  • Review of pharmacology relevant to diabetes mellitus, and target receptors for medications
  • Assess glycaemic targets in various scenarios of an older person's journey, and pragmatic management of medications relevant to the older person
  • Apply structured assessment of vascular complications associated with diabetes mellitus
  • Review of evidence of statin and antiplatelets in both primary and secondary prevention
  • Review of blood pressure targets in the older person, in the context of changing physiology and pathology
  • Review of pharmacological management of blood pressure in the older person and understanding of evidence based literature of specific antihypertensives
  • Describe clinical perspective of the assessment and management of Atrial Fibrillation, with focus on anticoagulation management
  • Describe clinical perspective on the management of heart failure and cardiomyopathy in the older person
  • Assess the pharmacology of diabetes and cardiovascular system, in the context of understanding frailty, dementia and end of life care for an older person
  • Recognise different medications that interfere with nutrition
  • Recognise the issue of obesity and under nutrition in older people


ENHANCE Group 2 points are measured in "points per hour of learning" and will be confirmed on completion of the programme.

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

An 80% pass percentage must be achieved to complete this programme. Marking will commence after the closing date for assignments and completion advised thereafter (as these require manual marking). The final due date for all assignments is the 16th October 2020.

One learning package must be purchased for each individual.

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 course materials will be made available to you. Confirmation and how to access the course materials will be forwarded to your preferred email address once your registration has been processed.

Registrations are subject to our terms of trade and privacy policy.

Cancellation more than seven days before the first webinar:

A full refund is available. This amount may be refunded, or transferred to another course or another person.

Cancellation between two and seven days before the first webinar:

A 50% refund is available. This amount may be refunded, or transferred to another course or another person.

Cancellation the day before, the day of, or after the first webinar:

No refund available.

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