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RIAF Webinar – Canadian Guidelines on Substance Use Disorders Among Older Adults

January 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) officially launched four sets of Clinical Guidelines on Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults in January 2020. The guidelines are intended to provide Canadian healthcare providers with the tools they need to better support the prevention, assessment and treatment of older adults at risk of, or living with, substance use disorders. Dr. David Conn and Dr. Kiran Rabheru will provide an overview of issues that are common across substance use disorders among older adults, how and why were the guidelines created, what the guidelines are, and how to apply the guidelines.

Presenter Bios

Dr. David Conn M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., FRCPC
Dr.Conn is the Vice-President of Education and Director of the Centre for Education & Knowledge Exchange at Baycrest. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and is a Geriatric Psychiatrist at Baycrest. David is founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health and Past President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Conn’s academic interests include nursing home psychiatry, telepsychiatry, guideline development and knowledge translation.  He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and is the co-editor of three textbooks including “Practical Psychiatry in the Long-Term Care Home: A Handbook for Staff”.  He has received numerous awards including the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada and a Distinguished Service Award from the International Psychogeriatric Association.  Dr. Conn was the principal investigator for a recent project funded by Health Canada to develop Canadian Guidelines for 4 Substance Use Disorders among older adults (alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis and opioids).  These guidelines were recently released (www.ccsmh.ca) and published in the Canadian Journal of Geriatrics (2020).


Dr. Kiran Rabheru MD, CCFP, FRCP
Dr. Rabheru is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Geriatric Psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). He serves as Medical Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), and the Behavioral Support Programs at TOH. He obtained his medical degree (MD) from University of Western Ontario. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP, FCFP). First, as a Family Physician, he gained real life experience working in several rural and urban settings for 5 years. Subsequently, he went on to complete his specialty training in Psychiatry, subspecializing in Geriatric Psychiatry, in which he is Board Certified in Canada (FRCP) and the United States (DABPN).
Dr. Rabheru is passionate and committed to serving seniors and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work. He is a Founder of the subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is recipient of the Outstanding Achievements in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada award by the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (www.cagp.ca) and has served as the President of the CAGP and a Board member for many years. He is a Co-Leader the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (https://ccsmh.ca/), and serves as Chair of the Board of the International Longevity Centre (www.ilccanada.org), Canada, Board member of the International Psychogeriatric Association (www.ipa-online.org) and Chair of the Section of Positive Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association (https://www.wpanet.org/) and on the National Leadership Team for the Fountain of Health (www.fountainofhealth.ca) promoting healthy aging, brain resilience and vitality.
In November 2020, he was elected as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People – GAROP (https://rightsofolderpeople.org).

Webinar Recording


January 12, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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