Mental Health and Ageing

Subject PSYT90092 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Term 4, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start 05-Oct-2015
Teaching Period 12-Oct-2015 to 06-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 11-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Oct-2015
Census Date 30-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 20-Nov-2015

The pre-teaching period is included to provide an opportunity for students to get used to the online platform, meet the instructors/tutors and become familiar with how to access resources before the teaching period starts.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website.


Dr Eleanor Curran


Administrative coordinator

Ms Victoria Kingsley

Subject Overview:

In this subject the implications of mental health and ageing are explored from a range of bio-medical and social perspectives. Lecture topics include understanding the distinction between mental health and mental illness, placing mental health and ageing within a lifespan framework with an emphasis on cognitive changes in later life and managing common mental health disorders in older age. Screening, assessment and psychological interventions for these common conditions are covered, including late life delusional disorders, substance use and abuse, anxiety and personality disorders, delirium and dementia, depression and pain. This subject also discusses demographic projections for mental health disorders and considers strategies to support an ageing worldwide population, including mental health promotion.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Clearly articulate the difference between mental health and mental illness.
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the common mental health disorders that occur in later life.
  • Develop knowledge and skills for assessment of older persons with mental health disorders.

  • Contribution to Online Discussions, througough the teaching period (10%)
  • Presentation (10 minutes) and peer review, due in the middle of the teaching period (10%)
  • Reflective essay (1,500 words) due in the middle of the teaching period (30%)
  • Critical essay (3,000 words) due at the end of the assessment period (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • High level written communication skills.
  • Advance information and interpretation skills.
  • Advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Ageing
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Science
Graduate Diploma in Ageing
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science
Master of Ageing
Master of Mental Health Science
Master of Public Health
Specialist Certificate in Ageing

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