Capacity and decision making in dementia: a case-based approach for GPs

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

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About the Webinar

One of the most challenging aspects of caring for people living with dementia is guiding them and their family and carers through issues brought on by diminishing capacity. This interactive webinar will offer a clear approach for GPs and other health practitioners when faced with questions regarding capacity of their patients. 

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Dr Sara Bird
Executive Manager, Professional Services
MDA National

Sara trained and worked as a GP before commencing work as a medico-legal adviser and claims manager in 1998. She has a particular interest in clinical risk management. Sara is the author of the Medicolegal Handbook for General Practice and co-author, with John Murtagh, of Cautionary Tales.
In her role as Executive Manager Professional Services, Sara assists Members and their staff with medico-legal enquiries, complaints, investigations and medical negligence claims.

Dr Marita Long
GP Educator, DTA GP Education Team

Dr Marita Long graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2007 with first class honours. She became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2013 and has a Diploma of Child Health and a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has been an active college member since that time. Over the past 8 years Marita has worked in a diverse range of general practice settings. She has also been a medical educator for General Practice Training Tasmania, Eastern Victorian General Practice Training, the University of Tasmania/Wicking Dementia Education and Research Centre and Dementia Training Australia (DTA). Marita is part of the GP Clinical Education group for DTA who have been developing innovative education workshops, both face to face and online, to increase GPs capacity and confidence to recognise, diagnose and manage people living with dementia. These workshops have been delivered around the country and an evaluation of them to date has been recently published in the BMJ open.

Dr Hilton Koppe
Lead Educator, DTA GP Education Team

Dr Hilton Koppe is a general practitioner from Lennox Head. Hilton combines his clinical work with an active role in medical education. Since 2017, Hilton has been working with the team at University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and with Dementia Training Australia to develop and deliver innovative education programs to assist with the recognition, diagnosis and management of dementia in the general practice setting. Hilton also runs creative writing workshops for doctors and health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing the risk of burn out.