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PSY8060 Advanced Health Psychology

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA


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 and online workshops for external students is mandatory.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Block 2, 2023 On-campus Ipswich
Block 2, 2023 External
Date printed 4 October 2023