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Older Persons’ Mental Health Webinar Series

Transitioning Into Aged Care

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Presented by: Dr. Meg Polacsek
For older adults and their families, the move from home into residential aged care is one of life's most stressful experiences. It is common for new residents to experience anxiety, apprehension, depression and loneliness, which significantly harm their overall health and quality of life. Still, the mental health needs of older adults are often poorly recognised and supported, including during this major life transition.

Grief in the Later Years

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Presented by: Jane Thomas, Senior Counsellor and Psychologist, Anglicare
This webinar explores what grief and processing grief might look and feel like. You will learn strategies to help people experiencing grief and potential signs that indicate further referral and support may be required.

Self-Care for Aged Care and Health Professionals

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Presented by: Kimberley Apps, Senior Social Worker and Lisa Tonkin, Senior Social Worker, Hunter New England Health Mental Health Service
This webinar explores different pressure points for aged care and health professionals and how to identify and manage these. You will learn about the signs of carer stress and fatigue and strategies for keeping well.

Inclusive Care for LGBTI Older Adults

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Presented by: Karen Menzies and Daisy Catterall, Twenty10
In this webinar, participants will develop understanding of the lived experience of LGBTI older people, increase knowledge of sector requirements for providing inclusive care and increase understanding in providing inclusive environments for LGBTI older people accessing community and residential aged care services.

Veterans’ Mental Health and Trauma Awareness

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Presented by: Professor Nicole Sadler, Clinical Psychologist and the Head of Policy and Practice at Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
In this webinar, we will explore some of the mental health considerations when supporting older people who are also veterans. The areas that we will cover include mental health, suicide risk and protective factors for this population and how carers and families can provide care and support aligned with trauma informed principles, including as they enter aged care.

Older Men’s Mental Health

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Presented by: Dr Jakqui Barnfield - Director of Clinical Services at On the Line Australia
In Australia, on average, 1 in 8 men will experience depression and 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some stage in their lives. Men account for 75% of all suicides and men 85 and older, experience the highest age specific rate of suicide. Older men (65+) are considered at risk groups when it comes to mental health and suicide. It is important for us to try and understand what places older men at higher risk, but also how we can best support older men to manage and cope if they are struggling.

How to Support Those in Grief

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Presented by: Nathan MacArthur - Sydney Grief Counselling Services
We often feel lost for words and uncertain about how best to support people experiencing grief following bereavement. This webinar will introduce essential skills and knowledge to assist you to support those experiencing loss, which includes: 
• Key models and theories of grief which can be used to educate, validate and normalise experiences.
• Strategies and techniques to help you provide emotional and practical assistance following loss.

Suicide and Safety Planning in Older Adults

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Christopher Rainbow Suicide Prevention Researcher, Intenure Consulting Assoc MAPS

Intergenerational Programs and Their Impact on Older Australians

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Speaker: Susan Kurrle, Geriatrician at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in Northern Sydney | Advisor and commentator for the Emmy award winning ABC series “Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds”

Reminiscence Strategies to Support Older Adults

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Speaker: Dr. Sunil Bhar, Professor of Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology | Director of the Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults
The links above are the Older Persons Mental Health webinar recordings. These are intended for anyone caring for older people and does not replace clinical advice. Implementation of any recommendations derived from these webinar recordings must be done with consideration to their own independent skill and judgement or seek professional advice relevant to the circumstances. The opinions of speakers and contributors are not necessarily those of Anglicare Sydney. Anglicare Sydney and its employees make no representation or warranty that information contained in these resources is accurate, nor accepts liability or responsibility for any action arising out of the information contained in these resources.
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