2020 Lecture Series - Supporting clinicians working with older people with mental health problems.

2020 Lecture Series - Supporting clinicians working with older people with mental health problems.

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Lecture Series 2020

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.

22 May 2020 - What do we know about the impact of viral epidemics on  older people’s mental health, and what can we do?

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.

Chan, S. M. S.,  Chiu, F. K. H., Lam, C. W. L., Leung, P. Y. V., & Conwell, Y. (2006).  Elderly suicide and the 2003 SARS epidemic in Hong Kong. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(2), 113-118.

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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17 June 2020 - Management of Self-Harm in the Very Old.

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.

DATE TBA - Supporting social integration and reintegration of older people with mental  illness post-COVID 19

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 Stevens
John.Stevens@health.nsw.gov.au
Online  video link details to follow to registered participants.