Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Care with Older People (100109)

Unit Type Core Unit
Credit Points 10
Delivery Mode e-Learning (online), Part Time

As the Australian population ages, there is an increasing demand for recognising the different needs of people as they first transition into ‘older age’, and then (increasingly) live into ‘very old age’. Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Care with Older People provides a framework for students to apply recovery-oriented practices when working with people who are moving into older age. It explores the reality of challenges and developmental changes that occur with age, recognises the ongoing contribution of older people to society and identifies the factors that support positive ageing. Students will be adapting assessment, care planning, management and interventions to meet the needs of older people, as well as applying their knowledge of older age and common causes of mental illness and distress during this life stage.

Learning Outcomes


Apply a recovery-oriented framework to engage with an older person and their family or carers, demonstrating knowledge about normal development, mental illness and distress.


Demonstrate knowledge of, and respect for, Aboriginal peoples and cultures in discussing the role of Elders in mental health care.


Formulate, in partnership with the person and their carers, biopsychosocial assessment and management which integrates physical and mental health in response to mental health presentations in older people using a person-centred recovery based framework.


On the basis of an assessment and in collaboration with colleagues, plan a mental health promotion activity for an older person and/or their family.


Engage in meaningful professional relationships within ethico-legal frameworks for people with lived experience, their families and carers, in a variety of health settings.


Critique a range of mental health presentations of older people, applying appropriate assessment and intervention approaches, using a recovery focused framework.


Review the concepts of positive ageing and discuss the key features of recovery-oriented practice with the transition from late adulthood to old age.