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 include four modules. Two focus on Facilitating Recovery, while an additional two cover inter-professional team building and the care of mental health practitioners emotional wellbeing.

TRACS WA has developed four interactive workshops to help in building skills for older adult mental health clinicians. These seminars 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:
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
module2Module 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

Module 3 
covers how to work best in a team, recognising different learning styles, team dynamics, team roles, resilience and self-care. Learning objectives:

  • Recognise how learning styles can contribute to team functioning
  • Exploration of team roles
  • How to work together to achieve the greatest benefits
  • Understanding of resilience and resilience strategies

Module 4 
is designed to provide clinicians with an introduction to key skills and concepts to cultivate compassion for yourself and others. It covers gaining a deeper understanding of personal emotional well-being and its impact in enhancing communication and kindness in the workplace. It also explores achieving better outcomes in the workplace including better health, better teams, better decision-making, better workplace relationships, better relationships outside work and ultimately better quality of life. Learning objectives:

  • Understanding virtues and values
  • Understanding strategies for self care
  • Understanding individual emotional well-being and the impact on service and organisation

TRACS WA presents all four modules to WA clinicians twice a year (currently March and July), in a session that welcomes clinicians from all the state's OAMH services. This has the added advantage of providing opportunities to build your networks and learn how other services approach the challenges of OAMH care.

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.