Supporting Palliative Care Patients in Residential Aged Care: for GPs and pharmacists

19 Oct 2021
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


Available to
General Practitioners

Continuing Professional Development

3 RACGP CPD Activity points available. PSA is seeking pharmacist accreditation for this activity. This activity may attract up to 1 Group 1 CPD credits suitable for inclusion in an individual's CPD plan.


The aim of this session is to assist GPs and pharmacists working in residential aged care to better support their palliative care patients.

Presented by a palliative care nurse, a GP and a pharmacist all with extensive experience working with residential aged care palliative care patients, during this webinar palliative care medicines, misconceptions, fears and concerns will be discussed.

This webinar will also outline anticipatory medicines used in palliative care how they are used and ways to manage the risks of possible adverse effects (such as falls). Resources will also be provided on to switching patients from oral to injectable medicines.

During this webinar, participants will also learn about setting up an imprest medicines system in residential aged care.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Address fears and misconceptions about palliative care medicines. 
  • Explain how anticipatory medicines are prescribed and used in palliative care.
  • Identify potential adverse effects from medicines used in palliative care.
  • Describe the importance of imprest systems in residential aged care.
  • Solve oral dose to injectable dose conversions using calculation charts.
  • Describe how advance care directives can be used to support goals of care.


Dr Terence Ahern OAM, General Practitioner

Dr Ahern’s special interests include aged care and he has appointments at several local aged care facilities. Dr Ahern previously helped establish in-reach hospital services for aged care residents.

Ms Marian Allison, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Coordinator

Ms Marian Allison is a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Coordinator at Melbourne Health and works at the North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium as the Project Worker in Palliative Care in Aged Care Strategy

Mr Neil Petrie, Consultant Pharmacist

Mr Neil Petrie is a Consultant Pharmacist based in Melbourne. He specialises in Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) in the residential aged care setting. His extensive experience in the residential aged care setting includes reviewing resident’s current medication and providing QUM activities such as education, audits and advice.