"Working with older people combines medicine with the rich histories and stories of the people you work with."
The video and information below explains what an Old Age Psychiatrist does, what makes the specialty different from others in psychiatry, and why it might be a great career choice for you.
Mental illness in older people is increasingly recognised as a major public health issue.
The complexity of interaction between physical, psychiatric and social problems experienced in old age requires close collaboration between a range of professions.
There is a wide spectrum of disorders which will fall under the remit of mental health services for older people and it is not just about dementia care although this is a significant, challenging and rewarding area of practice.
Old Age Psychiatry allows you to work collaboratively and holistically with a broad range of professionals and draw on and develop your skills in psychiatry, general medicine and neurology.
The needs and vulnerabilities of older people, the range of work settings and the broad scope of the medical, psychiatric and social predicaments encountered, sets this specialty apart from others.