Education and training
The Clinic provides training programs for practitioners working with older adults, aged care staff, aged care volunteers, students and researchers. Member of the public, older adults and families are welcome to attend our training programs.
Seminar Series on Ageing
Swinburne's Seminar Series on Ageing has been running for over ten years.
The seminars are presented by experts in health and ageing. The seminars cover a wide range of issues related to working with older adults such as: cognitive impairment, life-stage transitions, late-life emotional experiences and psychosocial approaches for aged care residents and their families.
The seminars are suitable for clinicians, trainees, researchers, students, aged care volunteers, aged care workers as well as for consumers, families and carers. The Seminar Series is free and open to the public.
The 2020 seminar series
Click on the link below to view upcoming event details and register to attend.
2020 series flyer [PDF 217KB]
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The Clinic hosts full day seminars and forums on mental health issues and practices for older adults.
Past events have included the following topics:
- Professor George Vaillant on Successful Aging
- Professor Harvey Chochinov on Dignity Therapy
- Professor Alisoun Milne on Caring in Later Life
- Community forum covering wellbeing programs for aged care residents
The Clinic hosts 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.
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. In 2020, we introduced a national telehealth counselling and support service. Hence there may be opportunities for students from across Australia to be on placement with us through this service.
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. Register your interest for a placement in the clinic by emailing us.