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Webinar recording | Mental health needs of residents in residential aged care facilities (offered in partnership with EMAN)
with Dr Jodie Oliver-Baxter and Monika Kolta
pre-recorded | Online
Mental health needs of residents in residential aged care facilities (offered in partnership with EMAN)
This webinar will increase the understanding and knowledge base of mediators and other dispute resolution professionals who work with older people.
For some, transitioning into a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) may bring comfort and an improved quality of life. However, reports from The Australian Institute of Health reveal that almost half (49%) of residents in RACFs have a diagnosis of depression, and many (87%) have depressive symptoms. Likewise, one in five residents (20%) have a diagnosis of anxiety disorder and 60% have significant anxiety symptoms. This indicates that residents are in great need of support around their mental health and wellbeing.
However, older people's attitudes and perceptions about mental health (e.g. mental health stigma) and age-related health conditions (e.g. dementia, Parkinson's), and societal attitudes and perceptions (e.g. that depression is a normal part of aging, ageism) act as barriers to them accessing mental health support. Consequently, mental health issues amongst older people are often unrecognised and therefore left untreated.
The Supporting Emotional Wellness in Aged Care (SEW) Program, is funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) and delivered by Relationships Australia, South Australia (RASA). The SEW service provides free, onsite, individual and group mental health services for residents experiencing, or at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health conditions within the Adelaide metropolitan area. The expected benefits of psychological services for residents are improvements in mood, adjustment and functioning and increased ability to cope with life changes.
Outcomes of this presentation:
• Greater understanding about the Supporting Emotional Wellness in Aged Care (SEW) program.
• Identify protective factors, indicators of older people at risk and or living with mild to moderate mental health conditions and the importance of early identification and intervention.
• Understand the significance of mental health in later life.
About the speakers
Dr Jodie Oliver-Baxter
Jodie is a registered Psychologist. With an interest in health psychology, Jodie has been working, researching and publishing in the area for over 10 years, completing her PhD (2011) and Masters in Psychology (2019). Jodie’s research area covers many topics relevant to health psychology including stress and immune response, grief and bereavement care, chronic disease self-management.
Jodie also has a keen interest in the employee wellbeing. This interest has led to her involvement in workforce training for over 10 years in the areas of stress management, grief and loss, relationships and conflict management, mindfulness, and mental health awareness.
Jodie has also taught in the health sciences at Flinders University and has an interest in the ongoing development of the health research workforce, interprofessional collaboration and enhancing the experience and delivery of integrated care for patients, carers and professionals in primary care settings.
B.Psych(Hons), M.Psych (Prof)
Monika Kolta is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).
Monika is passionate about working collaboratively with the elderly, and their families to provide a holistic and client-centred approach.
Monika has a desire of providing a warm, empathic, and collaborative environment to support individuals and families to create richer and more meaningful lives.