Older people are often overlooked in the mental health system . This is despite the number of older Australians expected to almost double by 2055. Population ageing will see an increase in depression, anxiety, elder abuse and other mental illnesses in older adults.
The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), based in Melbourne, is recognised as a leader in clinical and psychosocial research that aims to guide policy to improve the quality of life and ageing experience of Australia’s older people.
This position paper sets out NARI's positions and recommendations about mental health in older people in Australia.