05 Jan 2016

Psychology Group Sessions in Residential Care


As a registered psychologist, my long-term passion and objective is achieving better mental health outcomes in residential care. This area is often overlooked by other psychologists, due to limited training and employment opportunities in the field, being neglected by federal government and funding bodies, and being underestimated by the general population. Research indicates that depression, anxiety and adjustment disorder are highly prevalent in residential care, and are exacerbated by poor physical health, social isolation and limited support networks. ..

19 Dec 2015

Lets go to China… International Aged Care Summit 2015


Last month I attended the Australia-China International Aged Care Summit in Beijing. The event was held over two days 16-17 November 2015, attended by 150 Australian representatives and 400 local representatives. Day one covered a number of fantastic presentations from both Chinese and Australian speakers (reform of the aged care industry, opportunities to the health and aged care sector, demand on aged care services, opportunities and challenges for cooperation in the aged care sector and then I attended the skill development and training sub forum). Day two included a visit to three sites. Communication was little difficult, I don’t speak Chinese and very few locals spoke English. ..