HHS502 Psychiatry of Old Age (8)

The major focus of this subject is on Geriatric Psychiatry and provides a necessary background in the related areas of gerontology, geriatric medicine and neuropsychology. The subject has a clinical orientation.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Mental Health students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal aspects of ageing;
  • Understand the issues associated with normal ageing, including loss and grief;
  • Identify "disorders" of old age and their treatments eg dementia, affective disorders, psychotic disorders, neurotic and personality disorders, substance abuse disorders;
  • Develop assessment and management plans and skills in relation to challenging behaviours of old age, eg wandering, confusion, aggression;
  • Understand a range of treatments and management strategies, and their appropriate usage, including cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, pharmacology, music therapy;
  • Understand and apply appropriate legislation related to aged care;
  • Identify a range of services to assist older people and their families/carers;
  • Develop selfmanagement and workload management strategies;
  • Intervene at administrative/organisational level when required to assist in making services more responsive to client need.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The ageing process Models of ageing Cultural aspects of ageing; family systems Bereavement and loss Geriatric medicine - general principles Drug therapy in old age Aged care assessment Assessment process in geriatric pscychiatry Pschychiatric illness- demography and epidomology Neuropschylogy of ageing Classification of systems Dementia, affective disorder, paranoid disorder, neurosis, delerium, self-harm, substance abuse. Mangement skills - using services Residential services Pscychopharmacology Legislation, ethical issues, research and evaluation Agency visits.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.