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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Mental Health Services for Older People

Our Research

OLD AGE PSYCHIATRY SERVICES at Concord Hospital and through their community teams are involved in various research activities.

A major interest has been in hoarding and squalor, describing a series of clinical cases and how best to intervene to help the individuals concerned. Linked to this is a study of pathological animal collecting, conducted in association with the RSPCA. Both in our inpatient unit and in community settings we have collected data about people who have delusional disorder, studying outcome and observing what treatments work best.

We have collected data in relation to all patients who receive electroconvulsive therapy at Concord Hospital, examining outcome in relation to brain changes and other factors. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have allowed study of the changing age pattern of suicide In Australia, and factors that affect the changes.

Research Staff

  • Professor John Snowdon
  • Dr David Kitching

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Snowdon, J., Almeida, O., O'Connor, D. (2016). Dubious findings concerning the prevalence of late-life depression. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(3), 284-289.
  2. Snowdon, J. (2016). Why have Australian suicide rates decreased? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(1), 13-15.

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Dr David Kitching

Department/Unit: Mental Health Services for Older People
Concord Hospital
Hospital Road
Concord NSW 2139
Telephone: (02) 9767 5004
Facsimile: (02) 9767 8951
Web: www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: jsnowdon@mail.usyd.edu.au