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Mental Health in Aged Care Pilot Program

Foster and Toora Medical Centre are supporting Gippsland PHN in a pilot program to deliver mental health services to people living in residential aged care facilities.

The pilot will support people pre and post transition into an aged care setting, including existing residents who many have low – moderate mental health conditions.

Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch said this pilot will be a positive step to supporting the mental wellbeing of our older community.

“There are many benefits to having psychological services within residential aged care facilities”, she said.
“Benefits can include a reduction in anxiety and stress, mood improvement and an increased ability to cope with life changes”.
Gippsland PHN have engaged Prom Aged Care in Foster to deliver the pilot which will operate alongside an existing project at the aged care facility that focuses on residents with severe mental health conditions.

Ms Proposch said evaluation of the pilot will be conducted by Federation University and will help to inform their service model.

“The key findings from this pilot are going to be invaluable to the co-design of a more scalable and sustainable service model across Gippsland”, she said.

Over the next 12 months, the pilot aims to enhance the lived experience of 40 people who are either residing in, or approaching transition to, Prom Country Aged Care.

Mental Health in Aged Care Governance Group – Expressions of interest

Gippsland PHN is seeking Expressions of Interest for its Mental Health in Aged Care Governance Group.

If you are interested, please complete the short survey monkey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZVQXSWW