Anxiety in later life is a common and debilitating, though treatable, mental health issue in older people. Australian and international research, however, suggests that anxiety in older people is under-detected and under-treated. Non-drug interventions are the recommended first-line treatments for anxiety in later life. Australian research (Hills et al, 2019) suggests that a million older Australians may experience clinically significant symptoms of anxiety. Research undertaken in Asian countries or with ethnic Asians resident in Australia varies considerably in terms of volume and quality. A greater volume of research in China and with ethnic Chinese older people in other countries has shown high rates of anxiety in later life. In this project, candidates may choose the focus of their study in one the following options. 1. Undertake a community-based trial to investigate the feasibility, acceptability and impact of a relaxation-based intervention to facilitate the self-management of clinically significant anxiety. 2. Investigate the prevalence and test a relaxation-based self-management intervention for clinically significant anxiety in Thailand. 3. Investigate the prevalence and test a relaxation-based self-management intervention for clinically significant anxiety in China or in older people of ethnic Chinese background in Australia.
anxiety, aged, elderly, prevalence, prevention, treatment, intervention
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Masters by research
Top-up scholarship funding available