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Mental Health and Ageing (PSYT90092)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90092
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject the implications of mental health and ageing are explored from a range of bio-medical and social perspectives. Lecture topics include understanding the distinction between mental health and mental illness, placing mental health and ageing within a lifespan framework with an emphasis on cognitive changes in later life and managing common mental health disorders in older age. Screening, assessment and psychological interventions for these common conditions are covered, including late life delusional disorders, substance use and abuse, anxiety and personality disorders, delirium and dementia, depression and pain. This subject also discusses demographic projections for mental health disorders and considers strategies to support an ageing worldwide population, including mental health promotion.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Clearly articulate the difference between mental health and mental illness;
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the common mental health disorders that occur in later life; and
  • Develop knowledge and skills for assessment of older persons with mental health disorders.

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • High level written communication skills.
  • Advance information and interpretation skills.
  • Advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions.

Last updated: 12 December 2018