Promoting mental wellbeing and overcoming loneliness for better aged care


Conference | 13-14 November 2018 View Full Program Here

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.  

  • Hear from the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, present on the Federal Government’s efforts to improve mental health in the aged sector.

  • Find out how RSL Care SA is helping veterans with their mental health and wellbeing.

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

Featured Speakers

Hon Ken Wyatt AM

MP Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health

Australian Federal Government

Geoff Rowe

Chief Executive Officer

Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia

Jennie Holdom

Coordinator Assessment & Volunteer Recruitment, Aged Care Community Services

Uniting Wesley

Dr Eleanor Curran

Consultant Psychiatrist

Melbourne Health

Veronica Jamison

State Manager Victoria/Tasmania

Leading Age Services Australia

Nieves Murray

Chief Executive Officer

Suicide Prevention Australia

Jamie Fillingham

Executive Manager Community Care

Goodwin Aged Care Services

Dr Bianca Brijnath

Director, Social Gerontology

National Ageing Research Institute

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Why attend?

  1. Hear from Leading Age Services Australia on how they are supporting aged care services across residential care, home care and retirement living to develop the mental health capabilities of their workforce.

  2. Hear how Regis Aged Care is using telehealth to help their residents improve social engagement and overcome isolation.

  3. Understand from our psychologists panel how to better facilitate access to psychological services for older people in residential aged care facilities.

  4. Learn how Wintringham is realising gains in physical and mental wellbeing through their leisure lifestyle programs and how its success can be emulated in other aged care settings.

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

  6. See how Goodwin Aged Care Services’ decision to invest in home support and home care packages has noticed superior mental health outcomes for residents who have chosen to stay in their homes. 

  7. Discover how community-based mental health nursing can be most effectively applied in aged care settings with NVC Group

  8. Find out how person-centred care can effectively address common mental health issues facing the elderly with Calvary Retirement Communities.

  9. Understand how Uniting are overcoming social isolation in their aged care homes through their Social Support Program.

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 



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Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Address: 1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC 3008
Conference Room: Bridge Room 5