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77165 - Aged Care: Managing Elderly Patients in Primary Care- online modules

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The training modules which constitute the AOGP Managing Elderly Patients in Primary Care - online program covers Dementia diagnosis to management and Advance Care Directives and will assist a GP to build their knowledge and proficiencies in this important area of medicine. 
The training is delivered through AOGPs online learning platform. Each is designed to take a GP through an interactive learning session with tutorials, quizzes, scenarios and supporting resources to create a quality, guided training session designed to increase the skills and competencies of a GP to best manage elderly patients in primary care. 

Relevance to General Practice

As the Australian population ages, General Practitioners are going to have an increasing number of older patients. In 2012 people aged 65 years and over made up 14% of Australia's population. This is projected to increase to 22% in 2061 and to 25% in 2101.(1) 
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 332000 Australians were estimated to have dementia and this will reach 400000 by 2020. (2) 
BEACH data shows us that 3.1 out of 100 patient encounters with patients over 75 years old are for dementia. (4) 
It is vital that Australian GPs are in the position to be able to care for this influx of patients with dementia. 
Part of caring for older patients is managing their end of life. It has been stated that best practice is for GPs to be involved with their Advanced Care directives. (5) The new Advanced Care Directive Act 2013 commenced on 1 July 2014 (6) and it is important that GPs knowledge is updated to be involved with patients end of life planning.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the differential diagnoses of cognitive impairment in an elderly person and identify key features of a clinical presentation of cognitive impairment
  • Describe the common presentations of dementia and the complexity of multiple comorbidities
  • Apply strategies that promote comfortable discussion with a patient presenting with cognitive decline and involving carers in this discussion.
  • Describes the components of the mini-mental state examination and their significance in assessing a patient with cognitive decline.
  • Apply systematic process of communication with patient, family and health care team (including re ACD) to ensure unnecessary medical interventions are avoided
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    77165 - Aged Care: Managing Elderly Patients in Primary Care- online modules
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