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Lecture Overview

As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines, it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. Failure to identify unnecessary and unsafe use of medicines, potential contraindications, and serious interactions puts an older adult and the person administering medicines at a high risk.


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Louis Roller

Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for 56 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia, including the Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been and is on the editorial board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook and has contributed significantly to all three editions of Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge and writes articles on disease state management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well as the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. He still lectures to pharmacy undergraduates on a number of topics. He has particular interests in drug interactions and pharmacogenomics and William Shakespeare. He has served as a committee member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch since 2008. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and, in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. His current activities include singing in a choir, visiting schools about bullying (Courage to Care), and giving talks to U3A groups and appropriate aged-care accommodation groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics. See Educator Profile


72 Total Rating(s)
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Jenny Turton
01 Jun 2019

Good learning, I will have to review this again due to the complexity of pharmacology. Thank you

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Jianxiang Li
31 May 2019


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Dinarose Santos Bencio
30 May 2019


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Lisa Hannaford
30 May 2019


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Amandeep kaur
30 May 2019

Excellent session.

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Bronwyn Hill
29 May 2019


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Linda Plail
29 May 2019

Very interesting and informative

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Suzette Kirk
28 May 2019

I found this course very informative and interesting.

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Anne Currey
27 May 2019

Very informative. A lot of information in a short time....notes to look back on would be helpful to digest the very useful and important information.

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Anna Uys
27 May 2019

very informative

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First Published24 February 2019
Updated24 February 2019
Expires 23 July 2019
Medication Safety
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