Growing older, staying well: mental health care for older Australians

Older people Mental health Social isolation Ageing Australia
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This study finds that more support, services and education are needed to appropriately care for Australia's ageing population.


  • Stronger lobbying and advocacy giving the needs of older people living with mental illness more prominence in aged care and mental health
  • Address social isolation in older adults living with mental illness as a central tenet of any policy reform and advocacy work in this area
  • Consult with older adults when seeking to understand the experience of living with mental illness
  • Mandatory mental health training for staff working in the aged care and community support sectors
  • Provide clear and easily-accessible information for older adults, their families, friends and staff about mental illness in older age
  • Encourage GPs and other primary health professionals to seek additional training and education in the treatment of coexisting physical and mental health problems
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