Reducing antipsychotics to maximise life

AUDIO: A resident with dementia who is over-prescribed on antipsychotic drugs cannot live their life to the fullest, says an aged care CEO of his organisation’s involvement in a de-prescribing project.

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L to R: Paul McMahon, Dr Julian Pierre, Katherine Burchfield, Professor Henry Brodaty, John Watkins and Timothy Perry at the launch of the resource.

AUDIO: A resident with dementia who is over-prescribed on antipsychotic drugs cannot live their life to the fullest, says Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) CEO Paul McMahon on his organisation’s involvement in a de-prescribing project.

A video to help clinicians reduce the over-prescription of antipsychotics in people with dementia, which was jointly developed by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT), the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and the AMA (NSW), was launched at Parliament House in Sydney on Wednesday.

Antipsychotics & Dementia: Managing Medications calls for a collaborative person-centred approach to managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in lieu of drugs as the first-line response.

Mr McMahon said his organisation was striving for systemic change and that measures taken so far included setting up de-prescribing groups at facilities to work with local pharmacies, GPs and families to determine where an individual’s medication can be reduced.

At Wednesday’s launch, AAA’s Natasha Egan spoke to Mr McMahon about the provider’s push to de-prescribe antipsychotics:

 

Antipsychotics & Dementia: Managing Medications is available on Alzheimer’s Australia’s Detect Early website.

Related AAA coverage: Resource to aid de-prescribing of antipsychotics

 

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