Antipsychotics a ‘last resort’ in elderly

The government’s recognition of dementia as the ninth National Health Priority Area has brought the overuse of antipsychotic medication into the spotlight, particularly in residential aged care.

However, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) claims that overprescription occurs broadly among older Australians and not just among those with dementia or in residential aged care.

“This is unacceptable, but often driven by a lack of access to effective alternatives. Improved access for older people to evidence-based psychological and other non-medication treatments of mental

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