Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Build an understanding of core competencies recommended for working with older people with mental health conditions
  • Be able to apply learning to a practical example

Mental Health and Aged Care

The Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People (SMHSOP) Core Competencies for beginning community clinicians were developed and disseminated to community teams in 2009 (NSW Health, 2011). A training program funded by the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) was developed and delivered in 2011 to support implementation of the core competencies for beginning community clinicians. The resource booklet aims to guide beginning SMHSOP clinicians through professional development processes and clinical supervision.

 (Note:  Students will need to join as a ClinEdAus member to access and log the guided reflection activities below.)


  • Core Competencies and Measurement Criteria for Beginning Clinicians in Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People (SMHSOP). Retrieved from NSW Health:
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