Forensic Geriatric Medicine Short Course

Ibrahim, J. (Organiser), Bugeja, L. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course


This course is designed for medical specialists in all fields who work with older people as well as senior managers, medical administrators and academics. The workshop will address how to take a structured approach to examining medico-legal and forensic medical issues relevant to older people.
Medical practitioners need a better understanding of the law, regulation and social
expectations in managing their older patients. The Australian Law Reform Commission into elder abuse has highlighted the nature and extent of physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and financial abuse in the community. The Royal Commission into the Quality and Safety of Aged Care has highlighted substandard clinical care, and egregious harm to older persons receiving residential and home base care.
Respecting the rights and choices of older people, especially those with cognitive
impairment and vulnerabilities requires more than continuing a longstanding clinical approach of paternalism. It is important for medical practitioners to understand the boundaries between their duty of care and supporting older people to make their own choices.
These challenges posed by our growing population aged population include the appropriate and timely engagement of forensic medical investigative services. Current issues include the medical investigation of physical abuse and sexual offences in older people injuries, evaluation of health care delivery, as well as mental state, cognitive capacity and assessment of their capacity to engage in activities that may generate a risk of harm to others.
Period9 Nov 2019
Event typeCourse
LocationSouthbank, Australia, Victoria
Degree of RecognitionNational