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159893 - Mental health in older persons including late life self-harm and suicide

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Increased awareness and skills for working with this specialised group, including information relating to working with older persons that may also have dementia.

Relevance to General Practice

The SWSPHN region covers seven Local Government Areas with a population of 931,850 in 2016: 
- 51,753 (5.6%) of the population are aged 75+ year. 792 (4.8%) of Aboriginal population are aged 65+ years 
- Of people who might need aged care services in SWS, 19.9% live alone and 55.7% were born overseas 
- 24.7% of the population in the semi-rural Wingecarribee LGA are aged 65+ years 
- 6.5% of people in SWS have a profound or severe disability and approximately half of this group are 65+ years 
- Large population growth is projected within the older population group for people aged 65+ years reaching 212,650 by 2031, an increase of 73.5%. The growth will be particularly strong amongst those 85+ years, with an increase of 90.3% 

SWSPHN has become aware of significant social issues, including isolation, that impact on mental health, hospital presentations and ability to age-in-place for our region’s elderly residents.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the common mental health conditions experienced in older people including those with dementia
  • Identify the available support systems for older persons experiencing a mental health condition
  • Implement systems to enhance patient outcomes and reduce caregiver stress
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    159893 - Mental health in older persons including late life self-harm and suicide
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