Like other countries, Australia is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of older persons. By 2031, nearly a quarter of the population is projected to be over 65. Older adults, particularly those living in residential care can have difficulties accessing services to help maintain or improve emotional wellbeing. 

The clinic provides counselling and befriending services. Counselling services are delivered face-to-face or via telehealth by postgraduates studying psychology, counselling or social work. The clinic also provides training in mental health practices for late life and conducts research on the psychology of ageing.

The Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults is located at Swinburne University of Technology, The George Building, Level 4. 

Our services

Have your say about meaning in life and emotional wellbeing

We are seeking older adults to complete an online survey about meaning in life and emotional wellbeing in late life.

This research involves an online survey with questions about your levels of meaning in life, depressive symptoms, feelings about death and emotional wellbeing. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

You are able to participate if you are:

  • at least 60 years old (or at least 50 years old if you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent)
  • living in the community in Australia (unfortunately this does not include those living in residential aged care)
  • able to independently complete self-report questionnaire in English
  • not receiving palliative care services.
Find out more and complete the survey
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Our supporters 

We are delighted to acknowledge and thank the staff, students and industry colleagues who volunteer their time and expertise. Their contributions are integral to the work and success of the clinic. Our special thanks to the following donors for their financial support and commitment to the clinic. 

  • Arcare Family Foundation 
  • The Danks Trust 
  • The Annie Danks Trust 
  • The Aged Persons Welfare Foundation 
  • The Barbara Dicker Brain Science Foundation.

If you would like to make a donation, visit Giving to Swinburne and please select "Other / The Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults".

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If you would like to know more about our services or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on +61 3 9214 8653 and email us at

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