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PY6017 - Psychology and Disorders of Later Life

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

Available to students eligible to enrol in MPsych, DPsych or any postgraduate diploma or certificate.

This subject builds upon the core skills provided in PY5017 to provide additional specialised training. The focus is upon specialised assessment methods, identification and discrimination of less common forms of dementia, work in chronic care and residential care facilities and dealing with health-related issues. Topics include the assessment and diagnosis of less common neurological disorders, including Parkinsons disease, frontal lobe dementia, subcortical dementias and Lewy body variant; differentiation of depression and dementia; identification and management of disruptive behaviours; issues in residential care, including interdisciplinary teams and training; caregiving, including special topics such as elder abuse; specialised assessment methods, including cognitive screening; specialised memory tests, functional tests and neuropsychological methods and advanced health promotion, particularly nutrition, exercise and successful ageing.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an appreciation of key issues in residential care;
  • develop an appreciation of the major health issues for older people;
  • develop skills in assessing common neurological disorders;
  • provide advanced, specialised training in geropsychology;
  • provide skills necessary to cope with disruptive behaviours;
  • provide training in administering and assessing tests of cognitive, memory and neuropsychological functioning.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Block
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Face to face teaching 23-Sep-2013 to 25-Sep-2013 (1 Workshop to be held on 23-25 Sept)
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: weekly activities 40%; short papers 30%; practical work 30%.

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