Dementia Awareness Month 2016
September is Dementia Awareness Month, an initiative of Alzheimer's Australia which aims to give Australians a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also highlights the importance of early access to services and information for people impacted by dementia.News
GCBH Releases Report on Physical Activity Recommendations for Brain Health
The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), an independent collaborative of policy experts, doctors, and academics, including AUPOA Unit Director Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, has published the first evidence-based consensus report on physical activity for brain health.News
Global Council on Brain Health: Physical Activity Recommendations
The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) had its first meeting of issue specialists in Vancouver (Canada) in April 2016, to examine the impact of physical activity on brain health and discuss how to disseminate these findings to the wider community.News
Centre for Research Excellence in Cognitive Health Launch and Public Forum
The Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Cognitive Health will be officially launched at a public forum held at the National Museum of Australia located in Canberra (ACT), on June 15th, commencing at 10am. A range of speakers will be presenting on the day, including Prof Kaarin Anstey, Director of the CRE in Cognitive Health.News
Dr Samantha Loi receives the 2016 Isaac Schweitzer Travelling Fellowship
Dr Samantha Loi, a member of the AUPOA, is the 2016 recipient of the Issac Schweitzer Travelling Fellowship. Dr Schweitzer was a psychiatrist committed to research and teaching, and an outstanding clinician, who was passionate about working and studying overseas.News
The Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA) conducts research focusing on mental and cognitive health in older age to advance knowledge, service delivery and care and help reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems and cognitive impairment in older age.
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Further information for all students in the Melbourne Medical School, including Doctor of Medicine students, plus links to University student resources.View
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- International Psychogeriatrics
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- Healthy Ageing
Healthy ageing involves engaging in opportunities and positive steps so that middle-aged and older adults can optimise their health outcomes and enjoy a high quality of life. Within, you will find a range of resources that may provide you with the information you need, in order to age well.View
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- BPSD Management Workshops
Here we list a variety of workshops purposed to help individuals and groups with manging those who may suffer from dementia and currently experience associated behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD). For more information click hereView
Welcome to the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, The University of Melbourne
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History of the Academic Unit
The Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA) at the University of Melbourne, was established in 1989 at two sites: Mont Park Hospital under the leadership of Professor Edmond Chiu, AM, who at that stage was also the Director of the Aged Psychiatry Service, North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Service (NEMPS), and at Royal Park Hospital (Parkville), under the leadership of Professor David Ames.
In 1995, the Mont Park AUPOA site moved together with the NEMPS to St. George's Hospital in Kew, and in 2001, became part of the St Vincent's Aged Mental Health Service.
In April 2005, after Professor Chiu's retirement, Professor Ames was appointed as head of the AUPOA. Both AUPOA sites were centralised at St George's Hospital in Kew following Professor Ames' appointment as director of the Academic Unit.
In July 2015, the AUPOA moved back to the Royal Park Campus (now Royal Melbourne Hospital), to become an integral part of the Aged Person's Mental Health Program (APMHP) at North Western Mental Health (NWMH) as part of Melbourne Health.
In 2010, a book outlining the history of the Department of Psychiatry as told through personal reminiscences of past and present staff was published. This book, entitled: "The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne 1964-2009 - Personal Reminiscences" is currently available through the Department of Psychiatry and AUPOA. Please contact Joy Preston for more information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.