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Geriatric Medicine

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Gain the knowledge required to effectively manage the age-related health issues of the growing ageing population.

ACGEM

Overview

Gain the advanced knowledge required to provide comprehensive medical care for your patients aged 65+, and help enhance their quality of life and social, psychological, and functional wellbeing.

  • Support your patients through their life journey, including older-age milestones and end-of-life care.
  • Address the medical needs of geriatric patients who often present with multiple comorbidities.
  • This course is for medical doctors, International Medical Graduates, registered nurses and degree-qualified health professionals.
  • CPD-accredited and university-reviewed.

CPD requirements

Fulfils 50 hrs for medical professionals in Australia*

Study modes

100% online

Course fee

$1495
Special rates available

Study duration

TBC hrs
Self-paced

*provided an outcome measurement activity with a minimum of 5 hours is completed.

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Course benefits

  • Learn to meet the needs of your patients throughout their life journey, including end-of-life care.
  • Gain the skillset to diagnose and manage patients with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and visual impairment.
  • Improve the lives of your elderly patients by helping them make decisions about their fitness to drive.
  • Manage older patients experiencing cancer, chronic pain, and strokes and TIAs - a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia.
  • Meet patient demand, as people aged 65+ account for 20 per cent of emergency department presentations and nine per cent of hospital admissions in Australia.
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Course contents

Dementia – stages and management

The aim of this module is to apply a chronic disease management framework for medical practitioners managing patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Learning includes incorporating a teams-based approach to ongoing patient management. The module commences with dementia statistics in the elderly. The significant role of the GP includes identifying the stages, types, diagnosis and characteristics of this disease. Information on behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and testing options are discussed. Content includes cognitive function, pathology, imaging, depression assessment, medication review and function assessment. Non-pharmacological management of BPSD and pharmacotherapy information including potential side effects are discussed. Content includes managing physical co-morbidities, palliative care and advanced care directives. 

Management strategies include working with multidisciplinary teams and family and carers. The module concludes with comprehensive information on genetics and dementia risks, and what factors may contribute to the prevention of dementia. 

Strokes and transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs)

Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia. GPs are in an ideal position to identify and manage modifiable risk factors for CVAs such as hypertension and atrial fibrillation. They can also reduce the morbidity of stroke survivors by managing long term complications such as sexual dysfunction and depression.

The module commences with the burden, definitions, classifications and statistics of strokes and TIAs. Common symptoms are outlined together with mimics and atypical presentations of strokes. Mandatory and discretionary investigations are covered plus secondary prevention measures and guides for stroke management. Risk factors and stroke prevention are discussed.

Antithrombotic options are outlined and when surgical interventions are required. Content incorporates comprehensive information on complications in stroke survivors including depression, mood disturbance, sexual dysfunction, fatigue and driving restrictions. The module concludes with further TIA information on the risks of TIAs leading to strokes, investigations and patient management. 

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that requires attentive and multi-disciplinary management. Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease (IPD) is the most common of the Parkinsonian disorders. The module commences with an introduction and definition before outlining the aetiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology and pathogenesis of the disease. Diagnosing this condition requires careful history taking and examination, including an awareness of prodromal and cardinal symptoms. Motor symptoms including bradykinesia, rest tremor and rigidity are outlined. Non-motor symptoms including mood disorders, cognitive dysfunction, atypical features and exclusion criteria are also addressed.

Management strategies for the progression of symptoms including patient and carer communication are discussed. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options are outlined for this complex and diverse disease. 

Driving and the elderly

This module outlines the process of assessing an elderly person’s capacity for safe driving. Decision-making regarding the fitness to drive of elderly (or functionally impaired) patients is a particularly challenging aspect of general practice. The aim of this module is to improve understanding of options and resources when undertaking this difficult task.

The module commences with statistics and an introduction to the dilemma of patient independence versus safety. Resources are provided in assessing fitness to drive. GPs are encouraged to be opportunistic, observant and alert to red flags. The impact of chronic medical conditions may impede driving ability. Content includes tools to consider when patients present with a ‘Fitness to Drive’ medical form, including questions, history, examinations, cognition tests and assessments. A comprehensive case example is presented of an elderly couple over a number of years, to demonstrate varying patient considerations at particular life intervals. The module concludes with information about options available when a person is no longer able to drive. 

Palliative care - advanced

This module outlines the principles of the palliative approach to a range of end of life presentations and includes non-pharmacological, pharmacological and interventional treatment options. Content includes the understanding and management of three common patient symptoms in palliative care: neurological, haematological and dermatological.

The causes and management approach are detailed across all three areas. Neurological symptoms include headaches, seizures, restlessness, muscle cramps and spasms. Haematological problems are common in palliative care and the areas covered for this topic include anaemia, neutropenia and bleeding disorders. Dermatological symptoms include general skin care, pruritus, skin infections, pressure ulcers and peripheral oedema.

Care in the last days of life include recognising when death is approaching, preparing the family, and management of specific symptoms. Symptoms include pain, dyspnoea, respiratory tract secretions, agitation, nausea/vomiting, and refractory cases.    

Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) is the provision of medical assistance to end one’s life because they have an advanced medical condition that causes intolerable suffering. Comprehensive information is provided on VAD including eligibility and process. The module concludes with information on carer communication and support incorporating mental, physical and financial health issues.  

Common cancers in the elderly

As we age, the overall risk of cancer increases. This module outlines how to identify common cancers that may occur in the elderly and the role of the general practitioner in their management. The module commences with statistics including cancer types as we age before moving to common cancers.

The focus of this module includes cancer screening, diagnosis, prevention and treatment in the elderly. Early detection of cancer information and screening tests are included for breast, prostate, colon, lung and melanoma cancers. How cancers are formed and risk factors are detailed. Prevention is an effective long-term strategy for reducing the burden of cancer and is a key element in cancer control in Australia. Lifestyle modifications, chemoprevention options, screening and risk factors for each of the five areas are included. Cancer treatment modalities are discussed including multi-disciplinary and palliative care. An awareness of psycho-social care is important when managing elderly patients with cancer. 

Macular degeneration, cataracts and other causes of visual impairment

This module provides an overview of four common causes of visual impairment in older adults: age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

ARMD is a common, chronic, progressive degenerative disorder of the macula. Clinical classifications are described with anatomical images to demonstrate how the disease affects the eye. Risk factors are listed before moving to symptoms and physical examination information. Diagnosis and ongoing management include diet, supplements, lifestyle factors and prevention.

Cataracts are the clouding of the eye's normally clear lens which occurs naturally with age. Symptoms, physical examination, risk factors and management include surgical and non-surgical management options.

Glaucoma is a multifactorial neurodegenerative disease which results in complex optic nerve atrophy/loss of retinal ganglion cells. Anatomical images provide an understanding of the impact of this disease on the eye. Symptoms, risk factors, examinations and treatment options are outlined.

The final condition in this module is diabetic retinopathy. This is the presence of retinal microvascular lesions as a manifestation of long-term diabetes. Risk factors, pathophysiology, symptoms, assessment, management and complications are included for this condition. 

Managing chronic, non-cancer pain

This module provides an overview of chronic non-cancer pain in older adults including definitions, pathophysiology, assessment and management. Content commences with a general overview of chronic pain incorporating pain categories and pain types then focusing on the causes and effects of chronic pain on the older person’s life.

Comprehensive assessment includes targeted investigations, patient history and may include psychological and social considerations. Guides are provided including pain assessment in patients with major cognitive impairment. Physical examinations and imaging options form part of the assessment.

Content includes comprehensive information on non-pharmacologic treatments. Physical interventions, physiotherapy, psychological interventions and psychoeducation options are explored. Non-opioid analgesics are generally preferred over opioids as first line pharmacologic management of chronic pain. Available medications are discussed in detail. The module concludes with comprehensive information on opioid use for chronic non-cancer pain.

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Meet your instructors

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Prof Barbara Workman
EXPERT REVIEWER
MBBS, MD, FRACP, AFRACMA

Director, MONARC (Monash Ageing Research Centre), Monash University

Head, Academic Unit of Geriatric Medicine, MONARC, Monash University

Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Monash University

Medical Director, Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services, Monash Health (Retired March 2021)

The Professional Certificate of Geriatric Medicine has been independently reviewed by Professor Barbara Workman, Medical Director (Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services) at Monash Health. Formerly, Prof Workman was a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Monash University.

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A/Prof Debbie Kors
MBBS, FRACGP, Masters Family Medicine, DRACOG

Certificate of Family Planning, Graduate Diploma of Medical Education

Associate Professor Debbie Kors is the founder and joint owner of a private teaching general practice in Port Macquarie, Australia. She works there as a general practitioner and GP supervisor of GP registrars and medical students.

A/Prof Kors is a passionate advocate for the profession of general practice. She is a Conjoint Associate Professor in Primary Health Care at the UNSW Rural Clinical School, Port Macquarie campus and has previously worked as a senior medical educator with North Coast GP Training. In 2010, she was nominated for and won the General Practice Education and Training GP Supervisor of the Year award.

A/Prof Kors holds a MBBS (first class honours), Fellowship of the RACGP, Masters of Family Medicine (clinical), Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Graduate Diploma of Medical Education and a Certificate of Family Planning.

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Dr Dharrini Balachandran
FRACGP
General Practitioner
 
Dr Dharrini Balachandran graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2013 and obtained her Fellowship from the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2019. She trained and worked in Port Macquarie and Kempsey as a rural GP before her move to Sydney. Dr Balachandran enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a keen interest in medical education.
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Dr Evangelia Francis
FRACGP, MBBS, BSci (Neuroscience), DCH, DRCOG
General practitioner
 

Dr Evangelia (Valia) Francis enjoys all aspects of General Practice but is especially interested in skin medicine, women's health and medicine of the elderly.

Originally from the coastal town of Kavala in Greece, Dr Francis is involved in teaching medical students as a Conjoint Lecturer in the Rural Medical School of Port Macquarie as well as teaching registrars. It is a very fulfilling aspect of her work that has been greatly inspired and supported by the senior educators at her practice.

When not at work, Dr Francis tries to fight waves with surf or paddle boards (so far they always win!), is training hard to become the next MasterChef winner, and enjoys reading books and learning new languages.

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Dr Edmond Ng 
FRACGP

Medical Educator

Dr Edmond Ng has over 30 years of international clinical practice and has published clinical research in a wide variety of medical fields. Dr Ng has been a Medical Educator-cum-Examiner for National University of Singapore, University of Melbourne, Monash University and Edith Cowan University. He is currently a Medical Educator for the Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA) to provide remedial training and education for doctors in Australia.

Study modes

Study 100% online

100% online

Study at your own pace and to your own schedule. Interactivity, discussion, and feedback opportunities are included.

  • View and replay video lectures at your convenience.
  • Participate in online case discussions and interact with your peers.
  • Attend or watch recordings of live tutorials with experts.
  • Ask questions and discuss clinical cases in live tutorials.
  • Complete your assessment online and receive your CPD hours and certificate.
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Advanced Certificate of Geriatric Medicine

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  • Meets the 50hr annual CPD requirement*
  • 100% online
  • Flexible start and completion time

*provided an outcome measurement activity with a minimum of 5 hours is completed.

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Advanced Geriatric Medicine Certificate
This certificate meets the 50hr annual CPD requirement for medical practitioners

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Accredited CPD activities in this certificate

Each module in this certificate is an RACGP and ACRRM approved CPD activity.

RACGP Activity Number ACRRM Activity Number Activity Title Education Hours Performance Hours Outcome Hours Total Hours
447539 31107SM Aged care services and residential aged care 447539 31107SM 5 6 0 11
447501 31103 Osteoporosis 447501 31103 4 6 0 10
447518 31105 Depression in the Elderly 447518 31105 6 6 0 12
447511 31104 Palliative care – the essentials 447511 31104 5 6 0 11
447487 31102 Polypharmacy and how to manage it 447487 31102 4 6 0 10
447459 31100 Diagnosing Dementia 447459 31100 5 6 0 11
447473 31101 Falls in the Elderly 447473 31101 4 6 0 10
447527 31106 Nutrition in the Elderly 447527 31106 4 6 0 10
802644 32985 Osteoporosis Outcome Improvement Activity 802644 32985 0 0 8.5 8.5
Grand Total 93.5

The purpose of outcome measurement activities is to improve your clinical confidence in managing an identified learning gap. Outcome measurement activities are not a requirement of our Professional Certificate of Advanced Certificate courses; they are a requirement for Australian CPD purposes.

HealthCert Education provides a variety of outcome measurements activities to suit your needs:

  • Outcome Improvement Activities relating to specific topics within a course. They are designed to examine current clinical care, align clinical practice with best practice standards, and identify opportunities for improvement. These activities are accredited with RACGP and ACRRM.
  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) options on a specific topic or your identified area. A generic template and guides are provided. PDSAs are self-submitted activities.
  • Additional activities with guides include Test Measurement, Pathology Results, Practice Meetings, Peer Review, Practice Accreditation, Project Management, Student Supervision, and Pick your own topics (General Practice and Log Book methods). These are self-submitted activities.

 

Pre- and post-course information

Entry requirements

The Advanced Certificate of Geriatric Medicine is tailored for medical professionals who wish to learn how to improve outcomes for elderly patients seen in general practice. This qualification is stage two of the Professional Diploma of Geriatric Medicine pathway.

The course is suitable for physicians and degree-qualified medical practitioners, including registered nurses. The prerequisite for this Advanced Certificate course is the successful completion of the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Geriatric Medicine (or a qualification deemed equivalent). 

Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.

Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.

Recognised prior learning (RPL)

Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.

Certification

This certificate course meets the minimum 50 hours CPD annual requirement across all three mandatory CPD activity types, provided an outcome measurement activity with a minimum of five hours is completed. You may use an optional HealthCert outcome measurement activity or develop your own.

Outcome measurement activities are not a requirement of Professional or Advanced Certificates.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Advanced Certificate of Geriatric Medicine and CPD hours.

This certificate course:

  • Is reviewed by Griffith University to comply with RACGP and ACRRM standards.
  • Qualifies for CPD hours from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Qualifies for CPD hours from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD hours must be stated on the certificate. Please contact PLD@dhcr.gov.ae for more information.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Please contact mainprocredits@cfpc.ca for more information.
  • Has been independently developed with subject experts and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.

To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.

Pathways

Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the second stage of the three-part Professional Diploma pathway in Geriatric Medicine. The full pathway is: Professional Certificate of Geriatric Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Geriatric Medicine, and Professional Diploma of Geriatric Medicine (coming soon).

 

University quality-assured and CPD-accredited education provider 

This organisation is an RACGP-accredited CPD provider under the RACGP CPD Program. 

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Frequently asked questions

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What are the costs and payment options of the course?

Fees will vary based on the program and study option selected (fully online vs online + optional practical workshop). Payments can be made upfront or in monthly instalments. Special rates and various payment options are available. GP registrars and doctors in training enjoy a scholarship of up to $500. Talk to us to learn more.

What is the Alumni Support Program?

Completion of any HealthCert course or attendance at an event will enable you to access the HealthCert Alumni Program which includes:

  • Access to special alumni rates for new courses when they are released.
  • Special alumni price for HealthCert Conferences.
  • Exclusive advanced access to HealthCert events.
  • Regular Alumni Webinars pertaining to the course(s) you have attended. These will provide content review of the course and an opportunity to discuss case studies.
  • Access to the video lectures as seen during the course(s) that you have attended.
How will I receive my certificate?

HealthCert Education is pleased to issue digital credentials for alumni. Digital credentials are a permanent online record of your successful completion of a HealthCert course and are issued to all course participants in addition to PDF certificates. If you are based in Australia, you also have the option to order a hard copy of your digital certificate for a small additional fee.

How long will the course take to complete?

The recommended study duration of this certificate course is TBC hours, which includes study of the pre-course activities and readings, online lectures, live tutorials, and online assessment. This self-paced course offers the flexibility of 100% online study in your own time, at your own pace, in your own home or office, with no mandatory face-to-face requirements. You are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay video lectures at your convenience.

Is this course recognised in my country?

All HealthCert courses meet World Federation of Medical Education standards. This certificate course qualifies for CPD hours from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in Australia. It is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) in New Zealand. It is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP) in China. It is a self-submitted activity in Dubai and the United Kingdom. It is a self-submitted activity through the College of Family Physicians in Canada. If you live or work outside one of the above-mentioned countries, please contact us on admin@healthcert.com to discuss whether this course can be recognised in your country.

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