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eLearning Dementia Education Resource created

Thursday, 1 March 2018   (0 Comments)
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More than 300 general practitioners, nurses and other health professionals have completed an online dementia education module since it was launched in July last year.


The eLearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs and Practice Nurses was created to support early diagnosis and effective management of dementia.

The online course has 17 topics, which include short videos presented by a geriatrician or psychiatrist/s, who provide best practice evidence.

One video talks about delivering a dementia diagnosis in primary care, which includes both patient and family perspectives from people who have gone through the experience. GPs say they have found this aspect of the resource immensely helpful and encouraging in their own practice.

Dr Yoram Barak, a consultant psychogeriatrician at Dunedin Public Hospital, says the psychosocial aspects of management and care of his dementia patients in his practice has improved since completing the online course.

“Regarding issues such as end-of-life decisions and driving, the module has made me a lot more aware of the psychosocial and family relationship issues.”

The dementia education module is free to use and has been accredited by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Source: South Island Alliance media release, 1 March 2018


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