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PSY8060 Advanced Health Psychology

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development


Many preventable causes of acute and chronic illness and premature death are associated with lifestyle and environment, in addition to socio-cultural (e.g., ethnicity), biological and physiological aetiologies. Also, the wellbeing of individuals already suffering from acute and chronic illness can be enhanced with psychological assistance in managing psychological aspects of symptoms and medical treatments, including working as psychologists in multi-disciplinary teams. In order to address lifestyle-related health issues and psychological aspects of chronic and acute illness management, practitioners need to understand the biopsychosocial factors in health, how to assess these factors, develop and provide appropriate interventions and assess outcomes; within contemporary multi-disciplinary contexts.

This course will examine biopsychosocial factors associated with mortality and morbidity in the Australian culture; and in working in multi-disciplinary teams across health contexts. It will consider research and theory relevant to health and lifestyle-related behaviour and pain management. A range of health attitudes, assessment methods and interventions will be reviewed, and students will use several of these methods in practice sessions-including theory and application with specific groups (e.g., ethnicity, Australian Indigenous clients). Attendance at the on-campus workshops/residential schools and 13 hours of online workshops are mandatory. Dates of the on-campus workshops/residential schools will be according to the 'Workshop Schedule' which will be emailed to students at the outset of the program.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2022 External
Date printed 17 May 2022