Our work with older adults

beyondblue works to improve the mental health of older Australians by raising awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide, and overcoming barriers to care within the needs of an ageing population.

Our activities include raising awareness (including partnerships with community organisations), education and training for the aged care workforce, research and advocacy.

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Aged care education

beyondblue is actively working to support aged care staff to be able to detect and manage depression and anxiety among older people in their care.

With that in mind, we have developed several educational initiatives and resources for aged care staff, including the following:

Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) online program

The PEAC online program is an engaging e-learning program for aged care staff working in residential and community settings.

Training materials for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 

Free blended learning and face-to-face training materials have been developed for RTOs to assist in delivering content on anxiety and depression in older people as part of the following qualifications:

Superseded qualifications: 

  • CHC30212 - Certificate III in Aged Care
  • CHC40108 - Certificate IV in Aged Care

Current qualifications

  • CHC33015 - CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC32015 - Certificate III in Community Services
  • CHC43015 - CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC42015 - Certificate IV in Community Services
  • HLT51612 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing)

Learn more about free training materials for RTOs​

If you have any general enquiries about beyondblue’s educational initiatives for aged care staff, contact us.

Aged care resources

beyondblue offers a free catalogue of resources for people, partners, family and friends, and for health professionals who work in mental health relating to older adults on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.

Culturally adapted screening tools

Culturally adapted screening tools have been developed as par​t of a study funded by beyondblue and conducted by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) that investigated the usefulness of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) in detecting late life depression and anxiety in community dwelling older Chinese migrants.

What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people 

The What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people – a review of the evidence on psychosocial interventions for older people booklet covers a range of interventions that can be used to promote emotional wellbeing or to help people with anxiety or depression. It summarises the strength of evidence for each intervention and gives case studies to show how the interventions have been used with older people. 

Aged care organisations can request a printed copy by completing the registration form

Free educational resources for aged care providers to improve mental health for older LGBTI people 

As a result of a research project funded by beyondblue exploring factors contributing to depression and/or anxiety in older LGBTI people, and strategies used to cope with discrimination, free educational resources have been developed for aged care providers.

The education resource consists of a PowerPoint presentation, Life Stories discussion activity, facilitator notes and a project report.

The aim of these resources is to assist aged care providers to deliver a short education session to their staff to raise awareness of the issues affecting their residents/clients, specifically relating to gender identity, sexuality and intersex people. The session also includes the impact on clients/residents’ mental health and identifies how care staff can provide an inclusive service.

Training materials for volunteers in aged care

beyondblue has developed free training materials for volunteers that support older people in residential or community aged care settings. The materials are delivered by volunteer managers or coordinators as part of volunteer’s orientation or ongoing training.

Our research relating to older adults

Research projects

beyondblue funds a variety of research which contributes to the understanding and knowledge of depression and anxiety in older adults, and regularly evaluates its projects targeting older adults.

More information on older adults

beyondblue works to equip older adults with the knowledge and skills to maintain their own good mental health and wellbeing, and recognise symptoms in people close to them, in order to prevent the development of a mental health condition.

Read more information, advice and personal stories of older adults' experiences with depression, anxiety and suicide.

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