Health Psychology in Australia

Health Psychology in Australia


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In today's diverse society, health professionals require a complete understanding of how physiological, social and psychological factors impact physical wellbeing. Health Psychology in Australia provides a contemporary, relevant perspective on the unique climate in which this increasingly important area of healthcare is practised in Australia. Drawing on the expertise of the author team, this book gives students the skills to identify and evaluate health risk factors and to intervene in and manage health behaviour. Each chapter includes learning objectives, case studies with accompanying reflection questions, critical thinking activities and a detailed summary to consolidate learning. The comprehensive glossary and links to online resources solidify understanding of key concepts and ideas. Written with a focus on respectful advocacy of health promotion, Health Psychology in Australia provides psychology and allied health students with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the health psychologist as clinician, researcher, educator and client.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316623954
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Jill Dorrian is Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia.

Einar Thorsteinsson is Associate Professor in Psychology in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at the University of New England, Australia.

Mirella Di Benedetto is a lecturer in psychology in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Katrina Lane-Krebs is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Central Queensland University.

Melissa Day is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland.

Amanda Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia.

Kerry Sherman is Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to health psychology Jill Dorrian and Einar Thorsteinsson; 2. Understanding health behaviour and evaluating change Jill Dorrian and Amanda Hutchinson; 3. Common models in health psychology Einar Thorsteinsson; 4. Understanding presentation of research in health: research designs, figures and statistics Jill Dorrian; 5. Nutrition, exercise and health Einar Thorsteinsson; 6. Sleep, sleep loss, safety and health Jill Dorrian; 7. Health risk behaviours: alcohol, drugs and smoking Jill Dorrian and Amanda Hutchinson; 8. Stress and managing stress Mirella Di Benedetto; 9. Lifestyle-related chronic illness (CVD and T2D) and depression Mirella Di Benedetto; 10. Experiencing cancer: an acute and chronic condition Kerry Sherman; 11. Pain and its optimal management Melissa Day; 12. Health inequalities Einar Thorsteinsson; 13. Cross-cultural psychology Katrina Lane-Krebs.

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