Mental health and wellbeing

In Australia, between 10 and 15 per cent of older adults have depression and approximately 10 per cent experience anxiety. In a 2022 survey conducted by ARIIA, the Australian aged care workforce nominated mental health and wellbeing as a priority topic for the sector. The Knowledge and Implementation Hub provides evidence of best practice, along with learning and practical resources, to support the aged care workforce in delivering safe, high-quality care to individuals.

Mental health and wellbeing evidence and resources

The Knowledge and Implementation Hub has brought together research evidence on what works for mental health and wellbeing in aged care with Australian online learning and practice tools and resources. The content was developed by:

  1. A scoping review of published systematic reviews that revealed the main ‘evidence themes’ across the mental health and wellbeing research.
  2. An environmental scan of online resources in diverse formats such as guidelines, videos, learning modules, and downloadable information sheets.

This work has been guided by an advisory group of researchers with expertise in the topic and people with experience in the sector.

Connect to PubMed evidence

This PubMed topic search is limited to home care and residential aged care settings. You can choose to view all citations, strongest evidence only (randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, and guidelines), or free full-text articles.

Navigating the sector

Sometimes you need some background information or to know what is happening in the sector. The research and project supports section has lots of interesting and useful resources to help you start a project, plan a study or run a training session at work.

Research and project supports

Australian projects and initiatives

The Hub project team has brought together information on current Australian research trials, projects, and initiatives focused on improving outcomes for people in aged care with mental health concerns, at risk of developing a mental health condition, or experiencing a lowered sense of wellbeing.

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