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Care of the Elderly
The Bellbird, Ringwood, and Knox Private Hospitals and The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre invites General Practitioners to attend this live, online and interactive meeting presented by Dr Mehrnoosh Kiumarsi and Dr Damien Tharmaratnam.

Activity ID 211104

As the Australian population ages, there is a growing need for GPs to assist in managing the healthcare needs of their ageing patients. By presenting the latest data and case studies, experienced Geriatricians aim to educate GPs on how to identify signs & symptoms and management options for Frailty and Functional Decline along with identifying Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) in older Australians.
In the current situation, with the pandemic, concerns affecting the elderly population cannot be overshadowed.

Learning Outcomes:

Through this activity, GP's will be able to:

1. Discuss the implementation of non-pharmacological and pharmacological strategies for BPSD management;
2. Identify reversible factors contributing to behaviours of concern;
3. Discuss the importance of communication with families.

Healthscope is a CPD education provider under the RACGP CPD Program.

GPs are invited to direct any pre-meeting questions for the presenters to Kerry Lannu, Healthscope BDM (kerry.lannu@healthscope.com.au).

If you do not wish to receive further clinical updates, or invitations to educational seminars, from the facilitators, please email kerry.lannu@healthscope.com.au prior to the activity.

Aug 10, 2020 07:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Dr Damien Tharmaratnam MBBS FRACP
Consultant Geriatrician & General Physician @Bellbird Private Hospital
Dr Damien Tharmaratnam graduated from Monash University in 2011. He completed his specialist training at The Austin and Monash Health, before commencing work as a Consultant Geriatrician and General Physician at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Damien provides inpatient and outpatient care. He has admitting rights at Bellbird and Knox Private Hospital,where he can admit patients directly. Damien also has a passion for improving care of the elderly within residential aged care facilities and is available for nursing home visits. One of Damien’s areas of expertise is Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments. This is an in-depth assessment which is key in improving the quality of life of elderly people. This includes a comprehensive assessment of: cognition, falls risk, medication side effects, nutrition, mood, continence and advanced care planning.
Dr Mehrnoosh Kiumarsi MD FRACP ClinDip Palliative Care Medicine
Geriatrician @Ringwood and Knox Private Hospitals
Dr Mehrnoosh Kiumarsi is a Geriatrician with special interest in falls, cognitive issues, general medical conditions in elderly and polypharmacy. Dr Kiumarsi completed her training at multiple health networks including Eastern Health, Monash Health, Alfred and Peninsula Health. She also obtained a Clinical Diploma in Palliative Care Medicine at Western Health and is experienced in treatment of chronic pain issues, symptom management for oncology patients and all patients with chronic or terminal medical condition. Dr Kiumarsi believes patients respond better when a doctor is empathic to their needs and cares about their individual problems and concerns as being a Geriatrician is about being caring, compassionate and devoted.