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.