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.

Swinburne's  Seminar and Webinar Series on Ageing has been running for over 10 years.

Presented by experts in health and ageing, the webinars 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 webinars are suitable for clinicians, trainees, researchers, students, aged care volunteers, aged care workers as well as for consumers, families and carers. The Webinar Series is free and open to the public.

Webinar schedule 2022

The webinars are conducted on Zoom from 4.45–6pm AEST.

If you would like to attend these webinars or have queries, please email wellbeingclinic_agedcare@swinburne.edu.au.

Module Presenter Date
Issues in rural and regional aged care in Australia Dr Sue Wilson and panel Friday 4 March
Introduction to counselling approaches in residential aged care settings Mark Silver and panel Friday 18 March
Cognitive behavioural therapy for older adults Dr Deborah Koder Friday 1 April
Conducting research in residential aged care: benefits, challenges and lessons learned Dr Jo Walsoszek Friday 29 April
Trauma-focused treatments with older adults Dr Monica Cations Friday 13 May
The Office of the Public Advocate: powers of attorneys and understanding capacity Katie Riceputo Friday 27 May
Technological solutions for residents in aged care Michelle Eunson Friday 10 June
Family therapy approaches in dementia care Bouverie Centre Friday 24 June
Reminiscence therapy Professor Sunil Bhar Friday 8 July
End of life and palliative care: what you need to know Dr Dianne Clifton and Sheena Appleyard Friday 22 July
Volunteering and the digital story program Rebecca Collins and panel Friday 5 August
Stroke: what you need to know Boroondara Stroke Support Group Friday 19 August
Grief and loss Chris Hall Friday 2 September
Neuropsychological aspects of dementia Dr Luke Smith Friday 16 September
Parkinson's disease: what you need to know Victor McConvey  Friday 14 October
Living with significant health issues: a life story perspective Professor Richard Freadman and panel Friday 28 October
Dementia: an introduction Denise Wissmann Friday 11 November
Art and music therapy programs with older adults Romy Engelbrecht, Alice Parkhill and Jackie Burden Friday 25 November
Intergenerational programs in aged care Mark Silver and panel Friday 9 December

The Clinic hosts full day seminars and forums on mental health issues and practices for older adults.

Past events have included the following:

  • 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.

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If you would like to know more about our education and training services, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on +61 3 9214 8653 and email us at wellbeingclinic_agedcare@swinburne.edu.au.

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