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Community Mental Health for Older People

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ISBN: 978-0-7295-7899-8

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Community Mental Health for Older People

By Gerard J. Byrne, BSC(Med), MBBS, PhD, FRANZCP and Christine C. Neville, RN, RPN, PhD, FACMHN

288 pages
Copyright 2010
$74.99, Online Product, Reference

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Community Mental Health for Older People is the perfect resource for mental health workers as it discuses the ageing population, within the context of community mental health. It provides a comprehensive overview of the important issues and clinical practices that influence mental health care for older people. Written from a multidisciplinary perspective it is suitable for all health workers in community mental health teams (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, clinical psychologists, consumer representatives, medical practitioners, occupational therapists, registered nurses, social workers, etc) as it incorporates the use of case studies to aid in the application of evidence-based practice.

This text will cover issues relevant to the mental health of older people within a community context in Australia and New Zealand. Issues will include population health and the clinical management of the major concerns experienced with the diverse clinical presentations by older people. The mental health care of older people is now considered a specialist area with older person’s mental health services being key components of the mental health service framework. The publication is primarily aimed at health workers in community mental health teams (registered nurses, clinical psychologists, medical practitioners, social workers, occupational therapists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers etc), but would incorporate those trainee health professionals involved in relevant undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Key Features

  • Multidisciplinary approach serves to illustrate the breadth and context of mental issues for older people
  • Chapters are topical and relevant, discussing issues such as service provision, cultural and rural issues, major disorders and interventions, as well as ethical and legal issues.
  • Vignettes are included throughout the clinical chapters and serve to illustrate real cases derived from practice
  • Evidence-based practice is a key element to this pivotal new text as it highlights the best method of practise, in a clear and accessible manner.
  • Highly readable style without the bulkiness of excessive references

Author Information

By Gerard J. Byrne, BSC(Med), MBBS, PhD, FRANZCP, Discipline of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland, Australia and Christine C. Neville, RN, RPN, PhD, FACMHN, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

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