Managing Medicines by Deprescribing: tools and strategies to use in clinical practice

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The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Practice invites you to a one-day workshop focusing on the deprescribing of medicines.

The workshop will help you learn more about deprescribing and build your confidence in deciding when and how to reduce medications safely. This workshop consists of lecture style presentations and practical case-based discussion to improve understanding and approaches for deprescribing.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Barriers and facilitators to deprescribing
  • The process of deprescribing
  • Developing a deprescribing plan
  • Confidence and communication when deprescribing
  • Case based discussion – a practical session on deprescribing

Who should attend:
Nurses, Nurse prescribers, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacist prescribers, Pharmacists, Hospital Doctors, General Practitioners and other health professionals who are involved in prescribing and/or deprescribing medicines.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Denise Taylor, Dr Brendan Ng, and Mrs Betty Poot.


Dr Denise Taylor

Denise Taylor is a NZ qualified pharmacist, registered in the UK and NZ and has practice experience in community pharmacy, general practice, hospital pharmacy and academia. She has worked with national health organisations in the UK (Health Education England – Mental Health & Learning Disability, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain), to improve the safer use of medicines in general and specifically in mental health via the College of Mental Health Pharmacy.
Denise was programme lead for Interprofessional Education and the Pharmacist Prescribing Course in Bath, with responsibility for design, implementation, teaching and assessment. She joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Practice in February 2018 and teaches postgraduate Clinical Pharmacology, Applied Pathophysiology and strongly advocates that safer prescribing includes regular and judicial review of both over the counter and prescribed medication, to ensure the most appropriate regimen for the individual.

Dr Brendan Ng

Dr Brendan Ng is a Geriatrician and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Capital & Coast DHB and University of Otago Wellington. He obtained his FRACP in 2018 and is currently based at the Health of the Older Person Inpatient service at Kenepuru Community Hospital, Wellington. His research interests include deprescribing of polypharmacy and frailty. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Geriatric Pharmacology under Prof Sarah Hilmer and David Le Couteur at the University of Sydney. This project was part of a translational research grant for electronic in-hospital interventions to support deprescribing for NSW Health. It has also been used as a RACP Evolve Advanced Trainee Demonstration Project as part of the Choosing Wisely initiative.

Betty Poot

Betty is a Nurse Practitioner with a background in medical nursing specialising in respiratory care. As a clinician, Betty works across both primary and secondary care seeing those with complex respiratory health issues. She has used her clinical expertise to develop and deliver postgraduate papers for nurses on the Registered Nurses prescribing and Nurse Practitioner pathway. Betty’s research interests are focused on the prescribing practices of nurses and their ongoing educational needs as prescribers.

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

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