The loss and grief experienced by aged care staff in the wake of COVID-19

Webinar Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the aged care sector in Australia. Aged Care staff have experienced extraordinary levels of uncertainty and distress. This has generated an extra dimension to the grief & loss which already has been so prominent within the aged care sector.

This free webinar presented by the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) will explore the impact that COVID-19 has had on residential aged care staff. The idea is to reflect on this situation, identify the major issues of concern and offer practical strategies aimed at assisting staff so that they can work safely and productively within the aged care sector. The webinar will include presentations from Mark Silver and Anne-Laure Couineau along with recorded interviews with aged care staff conducted by Mark Silver and Jackie Tarabay from the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

Who is it for?

  • All staff working in the aged care sector including those working in residential aged care or providing home care for older persons.
  • People working in management or organisational leadership within the RACF sector.
  • Anyone interested in providing support with grief and bereavement issues within the aged care residential settings.


Anne-Laure Couineua

Anne-Laure Couineau is a psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems in hospital and community settings. She has specialised in the treatment of war veterans and emergency personnel diagnosed with PTSD, and the effects of long-term childhood sexual abuse and neglect. Anne-Laure has a strong background in education and knowledge translation. She has also completed a fellowship with the National Institute of Clinical Studies focusing on the implementation of evidence-based treatment of PTSD.

Mark Silver

Mark Silver has been a Social Worker in Aged Care & Disability for over 40 years with a keen interest in Narrative, Reminiscence and Stories approaches in his work. He has been working at Swinburne University coordinating a Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults for the past 10 years; advocating strongly for a greater presence of mental health professionals, especially social workers within age care settings.

He has been committed to developing intergenerational programs which foster better relationships, communication and understanding between the generations and sees the need to build bridges between the artistic and therapeutic worlds. Most recently Mark has been co-coordinating the National Telehealth Counselling & Support program aimed at supporting not only residents and families but also staff involved in Residential Aged Care.

Date / Time

When: Thursday, July 15, 2021

What Time: 02:00 PM AEST - 03:00 PM AEST

Where: Online - join via your computer!

This webinar will be recorded, if you are not able to attend on the day, still register to receive a link to watch the recording

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This webinar is free to attend

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