This event is focusing on AOD treatment for older adults, and the Older Wiser Lifestyle program. The presentation will be discussing the complexities related to AOD treatment for older adults (60+), including co-morbid mental health presentations.
The presentation also aims to introduce the model of care for the Frankston and Mornington Alcohol and Other Drug Service.
This session will be delivered by OWLS (Older Wiser Lifestyles at Frankston & Mornington Drug and Alcohol Service - Peninsula Health).
Sunaina Seth - Sunaina is a senior Clinical Psychologist in the Older Wiser Lifestyle program. She has a background in mental health and AOD, having previously worked in the Aged Persons Mental Health Team, Forensic Mental Health and private practice as a clinical psychologist.
Sunaina has completed a professional doctorate in clinical psychology. Sunaina’s primary areas of interests include: aged mental health, AOD, Forensic mental health and perinatal mental health.
Melissa Pullen - Melissa completed her Master of Social Work (Qualifying) in 2016. She started work in the child and youth mental health sector before moving into hospital social work and later, the AOD sector.
Melissa has a particular interest in how the loss of purpose and meaning in life contributes to AOD use and she enjoys supporting people to find this meaning and purpose
again. Melissa also has a strong interest in the power of people's stories and the ways in which telling your story can help unburden you from the weight of it and help you to heal.
Clint Calleja - Clint is an AOD counselling clinician across 3 teams (voluntary counselling, forensic, and OWL). Clint has a background in care and recovery coordination and enjoys providing outreach in the community. Clint has a dual diagnosis degree in community mental health / AOD, and is particularly interested in trauma-related conditions, and the use of psychoactive-assisted therapy in treatment.