The current status of clinical geropsychology in Australia: A survey of practising psychologists

Deborah Anne Koder*, Edward Helmes

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Abstract

Little recent objective evidence exists to qualify past concerns regarding the low numbers of psychologists working with older adults in Australia. The present study reports on figures from two surveys of Australian psychologists, finding that of the 1,699 psychologists surveyed, only 6% specialise in treating older adults. This figure is comparable to those from studies conducted overseas, where more training and employment opportunities are available. Reasons for such low figures are explored together with recommendations to meet the future demand for psychological services as the proportion of elderly adults within the Australian population increases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

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