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HETI Higher Education is partnering with the NSW Health Older People’s Mental Health Policy Unit to deliver an online lecture series to support clinicians, managers, HETI students and other interested health staff supporting the mental health of older people during the COVID19 pandemic.
Due to the cancellation of the June 2020 OPMH benchmarking forum, the Mental Health Branch Older People’s Mental Health (OPMH) Policy Unit and HETI Higher Education are preparing a series of relevant lectures in its place. Clinicians and managers of public OPMH services, HETI students and other interested health staff are invited to express their interest the following 45 minute online lectures.
Hong Kong was struck by the community outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003. In the same year, the elderly suicide rate in Hong Kong showed a sharp upturn from a previous downward trend. Dr Rod McKay will speak to the findings and implications on this research and the key considerations and lessons learnt in the context of older people’s mental health.
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Cheung, Y. T., Chau, P. H., & Yip, P. S. (2008). A revisit on older adults suicides and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in Hong Kong. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.23(12), 1231-1238.
Yip, P. S., Cheung, Y. T., Chau, P. H., & Law, Y. W. (2010). The impact of epidemic outbreak: the case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and suicide among older adults in Hong Kong. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 31(2), 86.
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Clinicians may lack knowledge and confidence regarding self-harm in older adults and hold attitudes that interfere with delivering effective care. Dr Anne Wand, Old Age Psychiatrist, will speak to the real world implications of her PhD research findings from implementing a 1-hour educational intervention for hospital-based clinicians and general practitioners.
Wand, A. P., Draper, B., Brodaty, H., Hunt, G. E., & Peisah, C. (2020). Evaluation of an Educational Intervention for Clinicians on Self-Harm in Older Adults. Archives of Suicide Research, 1-21.
The OPMH Policy Unit and HETI Higher Education will host a lecture summarizing the key considerations and evidence supporting social integration and reintegration of older people with mental illness post COVID-19 at a date to be determined once the situation improves.
Registration is free and open to medical, nursing and allied health staff as well as students. Please express your interest by emailing John StevensJohn.Stevens@health.nsw.gov.au Online video link details to follow to registered participants.