The next Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh symposium will cover topics related but not limited to the older person. Content covered in this event will definitely be relevant to clinicians practicing in Northern NSW with its high population of elderly individuals which is projected to only increase in the years to come.
The numbers of people simultaneously prescribed 10 or more medications has almost quadrupled in the last decade. This is fueled by a ‘perfect storm’ of an ever-ageing population, growing multi-morbidity, increasing super-specialisation of medicine, a proliferation of single-disease-centric guidelines, publication bias and profit-driven marketing of new therapeutic agents. In contrast, there is remarkably little guidance on how and when medications can safely be stopped. Older people are much more likely to experience polypharmacy, but there are still numerous reports of unjustified under-treatment of common conditions in old age, such as depression or pain. What is a prescriber to do?
This symposium will provide much needed balance and advice on prescribing and therapeutics in common conditions of old age. It will explore the state of the art in medical optimisation, non-drug therapies and common therapeutic challenges in the care of older people. Top experts in the field will deliver an entertaining and stimulating programme to all clinicians and allied health professionals in hospital or community settings. Anyone who works with older people is especially encouraged to attend.
Attendance for the event is free-of-charge courtesy of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh (RCPE) and the Northern NSW Local Health District. Attendees are welcome to attend selected sessions and the event is open to all health professionals and trainees. Like before, this event will be televised live from the RCPE Scotland, and is registered for CPD points.
RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 March 2019.
We look forward to sharing another evening of learning.