The Assessment of Older People with dementia and depression of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds: A review of current practice and the development of guidelines for Victorian Aged Care Assessment Services
This project sought to improve assessment practice of Aged Care Assessment Services (ACAS) for CALD clients in relation to dementia and depression.
Pleasant Activities for Well-being (PAW) Project
The aim of the PAW project was to investigate the feasibility of a volunteer-led behavioural programme to reduce depression in aged care residents. Trained volunteers partnered with residents for the eight-week program. For residents, participation was associated with a significant reduction in depressive symptoms.
IMPACCT: Improving Mood through Physical Activity for Carers and Care Recipients Trial
IMPACCT is investigating an innovative physical activity intervention designed for older carers and people they care for to undertake in their own homes. This is the first project targeting both the care recipient and the carer. The project was completed at the end of 2016, data analysis is underway and the main findings will be published in 2019.
A resource kit targeting depression and anxiety among older gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians
This project aims to develop, pilot and evaluate a resource to guide responses and practice of health professionals providing aged care services to older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people who have experienced depression and anxiety.
Assessing the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) and education about depression and anxiety amongst the older Chinese community in Australia
There is some evidence that people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds are at greater risk of depression than the general community. This study targets older Chinese immigrants, one of the largest and fastest growing groups in the CALD population.