Promoting mental wellbeing and overcoming loneliness for better aged care

Conference | 13-14 November 2018 View Full Program Here
Post-Conference Workshop | 15 November 2018 

Over the past several years, there have been great strides made with respect to awareness and initiatives on mental health and wellbeing. However, this progress has been largely focused on youth and adolescents. With 1 in 7 Australians now aged 65 and over, and approximately 57% of residents in residential aged care diagnosed with a mental health or behavioural condition, promoting mental health and overcoming loneliness for Australians in aged care has taken on new urgency. 

The Tackling Aged Care Mental Health conference will identify and present solutions to overcome these issues, including evaluating the 2018-19 Federal Budget allocation for aged care mental health; how aged care providers can partner with mental health organisations to deliver superior outcomes; the role of technological-based interventions in promoting mental wellbeing and training and development for carers and staff. 

Hear from leading experts in aged care and mental health as they deliver their insights on how best to overcome these challenges to tackle mental illness and mitigate loneliness.  

Featured Speakers

Veronica Jamison

State Manager Victoria/Tasmania

Leading Age Services Australia

Geoff Rowe

Chief Executive Officer

Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia

Maureen Berry

Chief Operating Officer

Bupa Aged Care

Colin McDonnell

Dementia Excellence Practice Lead

Scalabrini Village

Jennie Holdom

Coordinator Assessment & Volunteer Recruitment, Aged Care Community Services

Uniting Wesley

Dr Hemalatha Jayaram

Senior Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Academic – Aged Persons Mental Health Services

Eastern Health

Sunil Bhar

Associate Professor of Psychology, Chair, Department of Psychological Sciences

Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Eleanor Curran

Consultant Psychiatrist

Melbourne Health

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Why attend?

  1. Hear from Leading Age Services Australia how they are supporting age services across residential care, home care and retirement living. 

  2. Identify strategies to improve the quality of life for those with dementia in aged care with Scalabrini Village and Bupa Aged Care.
  3. Understand from our psychologists panel how to create better access to psychological services for older people in residential aged care facilities. 

  4. Discover the role of technological-based interventions in creating a better environment for residential aged care facilities to promote mental health and wellbeing. 

  5. Learn how cultivating healthy lifestyles for residents can lead to better mental wellbeing. 

  6. Find out how to forge partnerships between mental health organisations and aged care providers to create better mental health outcomes for senior Australians. 

  7. Learn strategies to maintain mental health and wellbeing for new residents in the transition to residential aged care. 

  8. Understand how investing in home support and home care packages can lead to better mental health outcomes. 

  9. Identify how to coordinate care for complex mental health needs in aged care

  10. Learn about the implications of the 2018-19 Federal Budget for aged care mental health funding

Who should attend?

Professionals working in aged care and retirement living providers, mental health organisations and NFPs, including: 


  • CEOs/Managing Directors 
  • General Managers/State Managers/Executive Directors 
  • Residential Care 
  • Home Care 
  • Community Care 
  • Strategy 
  • Operations 
  • Workforce 
  • Health/Wellness 
  • Quality 
  • Partnerships 
  • Advocacy 
  • Marketing 
  • Business Development 


Team Discounts




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This venue will be held at a city centre deluxe hotel in Melbourne. 

This venue will be confirmed 4 weeks prior to the event.