Complexity in Older Persons Mental Health care (8AOE096)

Complexity in Older Persons Mental Health care (8AOE096)

Level ~ Graduate Diploma
Availability ~ Teaching Period 5
Type ~ Older

Pre-Requisite: Strength-based Assessment and Care Planning (8ALF006)

This unit introduces complexities that can arise within OPMH. This will explore the differing presentations and determine recovery focused and strengths-based approaches to support consumers experiencing these presentations across multiple settings. The process of care planning will be examined with the key focus of adaptation of the biopsychosocial environment of individuals. Students will develop and outline a comprehensive assessment, treatment and care plan for the person with a complex presentation.

For Term dates, see the Academic Calendar.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the impacts of complexity of care on the older person with mental ill-health;
  2. Examine the differing groups/situations that increase the risk of the older person developing complex presentations, and how a strengths-based approach can be used to promote mental well-being within the person; and
  3. Develop case studies and care plans consistent with the role of your own profession.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Introduction to complex presentations in OPMH
Week 2 Older people with recurrent or life-long mental illness and age-related problems
Week 3 “Functionally old” younger people with mental health needs
Week 4 People experiencing crises related to accommodation e.g. Homelessness and Squalor
Week 5 Older people in the criminal justice system