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Being Curious: Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Aged Care


November 26
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free – $20
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Trainer First Name
Assuna Schultz & Monika Kolta
Trainer Short Bio

Assuna Schultz is the Manager of the Supporting Emotional Wellness in Aged Care - Relationships Australia - South Australia. She is a Mental Health Accredited Social worker and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss and Trauma Counselling and a Masters in Social Work, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and numerous trauma informed accreditations such as EMDR. Assuna has a strong social justice focus and is passionate about working to ensure older people have access to quality care and improved wellbeing.

Monika is a registered Psychologist with experience working with children, young people and adults from a range of value systems and cultural backgrounds. Monika has a passion for providing a warm, empathetic and collaborative environment to support individuals and families to create richer and more meaningful lives. Monika has a special interest in assisting the elderly, as well as their families, to manage a range of challenges including anxiety and depression, adjustment and grief and loss.

November 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Free – $20

Being Curious is a series of presentations from local SA and national initiatives who are curious about enhancing the lives of diverse populations in the community. This series will engage the listener with projects that will encourage you to get more curious. Once your curiosity is sparked, it will kindle further action to engage with these projects, connect older people from your service to them or even ignite your own ventures.

This is an opportunity to find out more about grass roots ideas which aim to impact the lives of marginalised or vulnerable people by strengthening their capacities physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.


Thursday 26th November: Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Aged Care; RASA

The Australian Institute of Health revealed almost half (49%) of the residents in residential aged care settings have a diagnosis of depression, and the majority (87%) are diagnosed with at least one mental health or behavioural condition. This indicate residents are in greater need of support around their mental health and wellbeing. Older people’s attitudes and perceptions about mental health and societal attitudes and perceptions act as barriers to the person in care accessing mental health support. Because of these barriers, mental health issues amongst older people are often unrecognised and therefore left untreated.

The Supporting Emotional Wellness in Aged Care (SEW) Program, is funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) and provides free, onsite individual and group mental health services for residents experiencing, or at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health conditions. The expected benefits of psychological services for residents are improvements in mood, adjustment and functioning and increased ability to cope with life changes. Emotional wellness is important part of our general health. The Supporting Emotional Wellness service is here to support residents of aged care facilities within the Adelaide Metropolitan area.


Outcomes of session:

  • Greater understanding about the Mental Health in Residential Aged Care program known in SA as the Supporting Emotional Wellness in Aged Care (SEW) program.
  • Identify protective factors, indicators of older people at risk and or living with mild to moderate mental health conditions and the importance of early identification
  • Understand the significance to mental health in later life about approaches which give primacy to meaning and identity: life stories; the biographical approach; and reminiscence.


Target Audience

Staff/students working in Aged Care, in particular in Residential Aged care, Family and community members


Future presentations in the 2020 series include:

  • Friday 11th December: Research Report 6: Assessing views and preferences for quality of care; Caring Futures Institute
  • Thursday 17th December: Movement & Music; Daisie Chain

These sessions will begin at 10am (Adelaide time). Grab a coffee and join us in Being Curious!


Registered participants will receive the Zoom link 1-2 days prior to the event.

** Note:  That this session commences at 10.00am Adelaide time


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