The TRACS WA Subacute Care (SAC) Older Adult Health Mental Health (OAMH) learning program delivers an inter-professional learning and development program suitable for all WA Health medical, nursing, allied health and support staff working in mental health services.

The aim of the learning program is to improve patient outcomes in OAMH care through delivery of evidence based, coordinated care by embedding a culture of clinical excellence within SAC services and developing workforce skills and knowledge. The program includes four modules all related to the Facilitating Recovery philosophy.

TRACS WA has developed four interactive workshops to help in building skills for older adult mental health clinicians. These workshops prioritise active participation and reflection. The aim is for staff to walk away with something they want to do differently.

We currently have four modules:

 Faciliting Recovery: Person-Centred Care

Module 1 covers facilitating recovery in the patient/client journey and what works well with compassionate, person centred care and leads to good outcomes (recovery focussed care). Learning objectives include:

  • How to aid recovery
  • How to improve person centred care
  • How to improve quality of care
  • Recognise and respond to client’s changing needs
  • Foster positive relationships
  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner
 Facilitating Recovery: Evidence Based Practice

Module 2 
looks at the delivery of evidence based quality services, how to measure what you do, implement and evaluate changes and what works well for services to facilitate recovery. Learning objectives:
  • How to deliver evidence based quality services
  • How to measure what you do
  • How to implement and evaluate changes
  • What works well for services to facilitate recovery
  • Change management
Older Adult Mental Health Facilitating Recovery: Practical Approaches to Changing Behaviour

Module 3 and 4 look at facilitating recovery for older adults by utilising practical behaviour change approaches including active listening, motivational interviewing, behaviour activation and goal setting. Learning objectives:

  • Recognise the difference between low mood and depression
  • Understand how actions can affect feelings
  • Understand the importance of the relationship between patients and health professionals
  • Practise tools to build rapport and enhance your work with patients with low mood


All modules are delivered in an interactive way with the use of case studies, spectrograms and other workshop activities interspersed with video clips and PowerPoint slides. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points apply to all learning.

The OAMH facilitating recovery program has been developed and informed by the SAC Community of Practice, the TRACS WA Expert Reference Group with input from the OAMH psychiatric lead as well as synthesis of current literature nationally and internationally. If you would like to find out more about this training please contact TRACS WA via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (08) 9431 2351.