Supporting the Mental Health of Older People Living in the Community

Date produced 26 May 2015

This webinar considers an interdisciplinary approach to supporting an older person to live independently.

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Through an inter-disciplinary panel discussion about Eddie, at the completion of the webinar participants will be better equipped to:

  • recognise the key principles of the featured disciplines' approach in screening and assessing the mental health of older people living in the community

  • understand how different practitioners can intervene to support older people living in the community, thereby improving mental health outcomes
  • identify challenges to, and opportunities for collaboration that may emerge as practitioners from different disciplines work together to support Eddie.

The panel comprises:

  • Ms Julie Bajic (NSW-based psychologist)
  • Professor Henry Brodaty (NSW- based psychiatrist)
  • Ms Sharon Leigh-Hazel  (ACT-based Carer & Carer’s Advocate)
  • Dr Morton Rawlin (Vic-based GP).

The webinar is facilitated by Dr Michael Murray (Qld-based GP and Medical Educator).

View panellist biographies

View a copy of the case study, which forms the basis of the discussion

Read the presentation slides from the webinar 

View a list of supporting resources recommended by the panel

Individual learning needs

99% of exit survey respondents reported their individual learning needs were ‘entirely met’ or ‘partially met’.

Relevance to practice

When asked to rate how relevant the webinar was to the clinicians own practice, 99% stated it was ‘entirely relevant’ or ‘partially relevant’.

Changes to work practice

95% of exit survey respondents intend to make changes to their clinical work practice as a result of attending the webinar.

This webinar was produced in May 2015. The Mental Health Professionals’ Network’s webinars are produced for mental health professionals. The information is intended for suitably-experienced mental health professionals and does not replace clinical judgement and decision making. It is intended for use as a guide of a general nature only and may or may not be relevant to particular patients or circumstances. The subject matter is not exhaustive of any mental health conditions presented. Health professionals implementing any recommendations contained in the webinar must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances when so doing. Any information presented in the webinar recording was deemed relevant at the time of the live event and after this date has not been reviewed. No guarantee can be given that the information is free from error or omission.

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