Delirium, Depression, Dementia and Drugs

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Lecture Overview

Delirium, depression, and dementia are often recognised as the three 'D's that can be at the route of cognitive change. In this presentation, pharmacist Dr Jenny Gowan explores these three conditions and adds a fourth 'D' into the mix - drugs. Recognise how essential it is to be able to recognise the difference between delirium, depression, and dementia in a patient/client, and how these conditions can change in presentation when medications are added to the mix.


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Jenny Gowan View profile
Dr Jenny Gowan is a practising pharmacist, adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University and clinical associate at RMIT University. She has published over 500 educational articles, has copious experience in presentations and lectures and runs a consulting pharmacy company. Jenny was awarded the 2013 PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year award and the 2016 AACP-MIMs Consultant Pharmacist of the Year Award. In 2024, she received recognition as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine as a pharmacist, to professional societies and to community health.
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First Published18 May 2021
Updated18 May 2021
29 June 2025
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