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Make mental health a priority

In its interim report into the impacts of COVID-19, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety pointed to the mental health needs of older Australians. 


04 Feb 2021

“Levels of depression, anxiety, confusion, loneliness and suicide risk among aged care residents have increased since March 2020,” the report said.

To provide effective support for older people in their care, it is critical for staff to have access to practical education and training on a variety of mental health conditions.

With an urgent and growing need for better mental health awareness and support in aged care, ACSA in partnership with Mental Health & Well-being Training Solutions is offering a series of workshops focused on the mental health of older people in care, including those receiving Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services in their home.

Participants will learn how to support, respond and communicate with clients as well as some key strategies for managing their mental health. The workshops are suitable for CHSP team leaders, supervisors, coordinators and all aged care workers and volunteers. There will also be opportunities for participants to ask questions and discuss their experiences. 

All aged care workers are encouraged to register for the Mental Health Awareness & the Older Person series  to learn more about effective support for your clients. CHSP workers are only required to pay a $20 booking fee.

 

February 17: The Older Person & Grief, Loss, Fear & Social Isolation

February 25: A Series dealing with Depression

March 11: A Series dealing with Anxiety

March 25: Responding to Challenging Behaviours in Older People

May 6: A Series dealing with Psychotic Disorders

 



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