Authors: Mary Pillars and Fleur Hourihan, NSW
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: PROMOTION, PREVENTION,
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Positive Living in Aged Care (PLAC) Awards Project, funded by NSW Health, was developed in 2007 in response to the high prevalence of mental health problems in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). The Awards, in their 4th year, and open to Commonwealth funded RACFs in NSW, aim to foster, identify, showcase, and promote innovative strategies that have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing of residents, staff, families and carers. Winning facilities present their strategies to the aged care and mental health sectors at a positive ageing seminar. Strategies have included intergenerational projects, resident support groups and staff education programs. The Project’s collaborative approach has fostered new and productive relationships between the aged care and mental health sectors at a state and national level, particularly in the area of mental health education and training. This paper will discuss the collaborative aspects of the project and the outcomes achieved.