1h 10m


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.

15 Dec 2015

Learning Outcomes


Define delirium and its causes


Identify and apply delirium assessment tools


Employ recommended principles of delirium management



Very straight forward and easy to understand. I enjoyed the presenters way of teaching -- 20 Apr 2018
Interesting and informative presentation. -- 11 Apr 2018
I feel this is a very appropriate topic for all nurses to watch and learn as so many persons can be affected by this. -- 29 Mar 2018
well presented and informative -- 02 Mar 2018
Valuable and clearly, concisely presented,many thanks. -- 28 Feb 2018
This would be useful for any staff working in acute and in RACF. Was a good and usle VLA -- 18 Feb 2018
Engaging and informative -- 14 Feb 2018
well presented -- 23 Dec 2017
Very interesting and useful. -- 11 Nov 2017

Course Overview

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?

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.