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Webinar- Medication: It’s your choice update

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Join our panel of experts who will explore how these rights will be supported by a new clinical care standard, developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, which aims to reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines, particularly for managing behaviours of concern.

Panellists for this webinar, hosted by Kyle Olsen, include:

  • Craig Gear, CEO, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)
  • Professor Eddy Strivens, AM PSM, Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service
  • Loren de Vries, Senior Practitioner, Behaviour Support, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
  • Judith Covell, Member, National Older Persons Reference Group, OPAN


Webinar resources:

Informed consent is a person’s decision, given voluntarily, to agree to a treatment when accurate information about the treatment and alternative options are available; and knowledge and understanding of the benefits and risks are also provided.
Here are some questions you may want to ask your care provider:

  1. What is my diagnosis?
  2. What is the medicine and the benefits of taking it?
  3. What are the risks of taking this medication?
  4. Will taking this medication affect how I live my life?
  5. How long will I need to take this medication for?
  6. What are the other options?
  7. What can I do if I am having trouble understanding my condition or treatment options?
  8. Can I have some time to discuss with my family/supporter before I decide?

For information about your rights and support in talking to your provider, contact our Aged Care Advocacy Line on 1800 700 600

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care 

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission 

Dementia Support Australia 

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 

  • View the Residential Aged Care Quality Indicators reports.