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CPD1h 10m of CPD
Total Rating(s)33
First Published
Updated05 November 2017
Expires 31 January 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course is designed to update healthcare professionals on the syndrome of delirium in older patients. Delirium will be defined and explained, and nursing management will be discussed. Specific delirium screening tools will be presented in great details, allowing health professionals to better recognise the syndrome of delirium in older patients.

Topics include:

  • What is delirium?
  • Epidemiology
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Delirium management

Target audience

All health professionals who work with older adults who may have delirium.


Update health professionals on the syndrome of delirium, ensuring the appropriate application of prevention, assessment and management strategies to improve outcomes of care.


Delirium is an acute disorder of attention and cognition that affects as many as 50% of the older population (those aged 65 years or older). Delirium is common, serious, costly, under-recognised, and frequently results in institutionalisation and death.
Delirium has been likened to a cognitive superbug penetrating all healthcare environments, spreading across acute care, residential aged care and the community.
Delirium Guidelines indicate delirium is easier to prevent than to treat and that 30—40% of delirium cases are preventable. This Course examines delirium indicators and the subsequent poor outcomes, which justifies health professionals to ask, does my older patient have delirium?

Learning Outcomes
  • Define delirium and its causes
  • Identify and apply delirium assessment tools
  • Employ recommended principles of delirium management

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Judy Deimel

Judy Deimel is the inaugural SA Health, CALHN Neurology Memory Service Nurse Practitioner (NP), a role she has held since March 2017. Judy’s prior work has included Dementia Consultant with the national Severe Behaviour Response Team (SBRT) and Cognitive Health NP with the Northern Adelaide Nurse Practitioner Project. Her chief educator roles have been with CALHN Nurse Education of the cognitively impaired; Course Coordinator and Lecturer with the University of SA School of Nursing & Midwifery’s post graduate program and HammondCare Dementia Centre Dementia Consultant. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

33 Total Rating(s)
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Gregory Turner
29 Jan 2019

An interesting online course. Well presented and easily understood.

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Tracy Halliburton
23 Nov 2018

Very educational, easy to apply in the acute setting with easy assessment tools that take several seconds so can be applied every shift. This filled many gaps in my knowledge.

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Jenna He
22 Nov 2018

Informative and practical presentation

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Esther Zoe Nunn
14 Nov 2018

I had no idea delirium was so common!

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Louise Murray
09 Nov 2018

Great resource

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Winnie Wang
26 Oct 2018

Good refresher

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Rod Giles
05 Oct 2018

An excellent course to do,as i work in the aged care sector and is quite a common condition.

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Chunling Yang
25 Sep 2018

informative and applicable

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Wendy Somers
05 Sep 2018

Excellent presentation. Very informative

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Carmen Houston
08 Jul 2018

great .. informative and engaging