Older Persons

Older Persons Mental Health

Person-centred and recovery-oriented practice

The older person specialisation draws on person-centred and recovery-oriented [link to recovery] practice for working with people who are moving into old age and very old age. Students will explore the reality of challenges and developmental changes that occur with age, along with an acknowledgement of the ongoing contribution of older people to society and identifying factors that support positive ageing.

Common causes of mental illness and distress during this life stage will be explored, along with grief, impact of severely impaired health, ethico-legal issues, the psychotic spectrum, dementia and behavioural and psychological changes that may occur in the presence of dementia.

A practical approach will be taken to improving clinical outcomes, as students are assisted to adapt assessment, care planning and interventions to meet the diverse need of older people.

SEMESTER 1 Fundamentals of Recovery – Oriented Care Professional Standards in Mental Health Care
SEMESTER 2 Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Care with Older People Improving the Mental Health of Very Old People
SEMESTER 1 Innovation and Improvement in Mental Health Care Therapeutic Perspectives Across the Lifespan
SEMESTER 2 Research Methods and Evaluation for Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Select one of the following: Family-Oriented Care in Mental Health or Individual Therapies in Mental Health Care
SEMESTER 1 Leadership Practice in Mental Health Research and Project Planning
SEMESTER 2 Clinical Supervision Theory and Practice Mental Health Capstone

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