ANZSGM ASM 2017 Older peoples care through Community, Collaboration and Communication 10-12 May 2017 Rotorua New Zealand

Sarah Hilmer

Sarah Hilmer (MBBS FRACP PhD) is Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Senior Staff Specialist in Aged Care at Royal North Shore Hospital, and conjoint Professor of Geriatric Pharmacology at the University of Sydney.  She leads a program of translational research in ageing and pharmacology at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research.  Her research interests include the clinical pharmacology of frailty, optimising prescribing for older people with dementia, polypharmacy, deprescribing and the Drug Burden Index, a measure of the functional burden of an older person’s medications.  She is Chair of the Geriatric Pharmacology Sub-Committee of the Clinical Division of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, Chair of the Editorial Committee of NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, and serves on the Economic Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.  Her clinical, research and policy work all aim to optimise medicines for older people.  


Deprescribing is the process of withdrawal of an inappropriate medication, supervised by a health care professional with the goal of managing polypharmacy and improving outcomes (Reeve et al., Br J Clin Pharmacol 2015; 80:1254-68).  Geriatricians frequently recommend deprescribing medicines for which the harms currently outweigh the benefits as part of their comprehensive geriatric assessments of frail older patients. 

This breakfast session, presented by Profs Sarah Hilmer and Christopher Etherton-Beer, will present the emerging evidence on the risks and benefits of deprescribing, and on barriers to and enablers of implementing deprescribing in practice across a range of settings.  It will focus on the role of the geriatrician as one of many health care providers for older people.  The session aims to increase the knowledge and skills of the participants in deprescribing for their frail older patients.  

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts open: 25th October 2016

Registration Opens: 18th November 2016

Call for Abstracts Closes: 24th February 2017

Notification of Abstracts: 20th March 2017

Close of Early Registration: 31st March 2017

Conference: 10th May 2017


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Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM)

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