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The Clinic provides training programs for practitioners working with older adults.

Seminar Series on Ageing

Swinburne’s Seminar Series on Ageing has been running for more than five years and is the only one of its kind in Australia.

The series attracts presenters who are experts in geropsychology and covers issues relating to late life conditions and treatments. Topics include cognitive impairment, pain and grief, techniques to be applied with older adults such as reminiscence therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and life stage issues such as emotional issues in relocating to residential care.

The seminars are suitable for clinicians and trainee clinicians but can be understood by a broader range of people including consumers, families and carers. The Seminar Series is free and open to the public.

2019 series

Click on the links below to view upcoming event details and register to attend.


Grand Seminar

Every two years, the Clinic hosts a one to two-day workshop or seminar by renowned international researchers and practitioners in clinical geropsychology.

Past seminars have featured well-known authors such as:

The next Grand Seminar is scheduled for 2018.

Weekend workshops

The Clinic hosts weekend workshops for aged care workers and practitioners working with older adults. These workshops provide tools and practical strategies for improving care of older adults living in residential and community settings.

Workshops are provided by experts and will involve a limited number of participants to foster an interactive learning environment.

Student Placements

There are openings for student placements in Swinburne’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults.

Given the increasing numbers of older adults in our community, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals will need to know how to provide counselling and assessment services to older adults.

In 2018, the Australian federal government indicated that they would devote millions to fund psychological care into residential aged care settings; hence, psychologists and other mental health professionals are anticipated to play a large role in the provision of assessment and treatment services to older adults.

There are numerous issues that are prevalent for older adults and their families, such as grief and loss, moving into residential aged care, managing life transitions (e.g., retirement, role changes), stress related to caring for others, dementia, and coping with medical problems. However, mental health practitioners typically receive very little training on helping older adults and their families with such issues.

The Swinburne Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults is a unique clinic that provides students with such training. It is the only clinic of its kind in Australia. We train students from most higher education providers in Victoria. Students typically travel to residential or community care settings to see 2 - 5 older clients a week.

This placement contributes to hours required for placement units, and can be done in conjunction with the other ongoing placements or as a separate placement. Individual and group supervisor are provided (costs may apply). Education seminars are also provided to support students on placement in this program. For queries, please contact Sunil Bhar on

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