MPH, BA, BTheol, GradCertMgt, GradDipEd
Ilsa commenced in March 2016 as CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia, bringing extensive experience in the strategic integration of pastoral and spiritual care in aged care. Prior to joining Meaningful Ageing Australia, Ilsa worked for 8 years at aged and community services organisation Baptcare (Victoria & Tasmania) in a number of senior roles; and held various sector positions such as Chair of the multi-faith Diploma of Pastoral Care and Ageing Committee, and Chair of Spiritual Health Victoria’s Aged Care Advisory Group. From 2002 Ilsa also worked on secondment as a supervisor (mentor and coach) in Clinical Pastoral Education in various locations around Melbourne, building on ten years of experience as a spiritual care practitioner in a wide range of settings. Ilsa had a parallel career teaching migrants and refugees prior to taking up aged care leadership positions.
She is a strong strategic leader, clear and creative communicator as well as being collaborative and a positive innovator. Ilsa has extensive experience presenting at conferences and forums Australia-wide.
Ilsa lives in a three-generation household in Melbourne’s north.
Specialist Educator (Muslim)
Mahjabeen co-authored the first report on Muslim aged care in South Australia–Muslims in Australia and their Aged Care Needs: An Exploratory Study with Reference to South Australia included in the Review of Australian Research on Older People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), 2015. Prior to moving to Australia, Mahjabeen taught as full-time faculty in undergraduate, graduate, and executive MBA programs at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Bangladesh’s leading business school at the University of Dhaka.
She is a seasoned and very successful communicator about the needs of older Muslims in aged care, and Muslim cultural awareness more generally for staff in a range of sectors. Mahjabeen was the winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Award (inaugural Aged Care—Individual category) in South Australia.
Mahjabeen is a strong advocate of cultural appropriateness in care situations for the Muslim community and, as part of her advocacy role, she has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences.
BA, DipAppSci (Nursing), GradDipEd (Health), GradDipHealth (Palliative Care), DipMissiology
Jenika is an experienced palliative care nurse, who has also had numerous roles in the aged care sector, both in residential care and in the community. She spent thirteen years working in Nepal, and helped establish the first palliative care training there. She continues to run workshops in Australia, Nepal and India on a wide range of topics, and in particular palliative care and communication skills. Jenika enjoys integrating spiritual care into her professional practice in these different cultural contexts. Jenika is passionate about adding meaning and purpose to life, in all its stages, through interpersonal connectedness and meaningful community. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and four children.
Amy Heath is a La Trobe University PhD Candidate working with Meaningful Ageing Australia from August 2017 to August 2019. Amy’s area of focus is the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.
Karen has extensive experience in office administration within both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors.
Karen’s career has included various roles within membership management, fundraising, volunteer co-ordinator, event management, executive assistance and human resources. Karen has also worked as a qualified trainer.
Karen’s real strengths are listening, initiative, being organised, attention to detail and priding herself on follow through.
Karen is actively involved in various voluntary roles at both executive and grassroots level. She is an avid follower of Test cricket, AFL and motor racing.
Educator and Senior Consultant
BA, BTheol, Dip.Min (Honours), MA (Research), JP
Kim has found himself in the company of older people throughout his life. He loves to learn from seniors – and highly values the opportunity to be with them. Kim has worked for Eldercare (South Australia) since 2010 as a residential care chaplain and, more recently, as both a chaplain and a project manager – assisting with the development of a ten year strategic business plan for the organisation. Kim is also a serving chaplain with the RAAF and was a police chaplain for over ten years. He has worked as an electorate officer, co-manages a small hospitality business and worked in a number of innovative faith communities both in Victoria and South Australia. Kim has wide-ranging experience as a spiritual care supervisor, key-note speaker and conference presenter. His subject matter has ranged from peace activism, spiritual care of people living with dementia, spirituality and postmodernity and, the intersection of faith and politics in Australian history. Kim has extensive and diverse experience in project management and consultancy – in community, government, faith community and corporate contexts. He is also an amateur astronomer and is involved with the Planetarium at the University of South Australia. Kim is currently working on a PhD thesis through the department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University.
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (Community Arts and Health – MIECAT), Bachelor Health Sciences (Public Health with Hons)/Bachelor of Pastoral Care (La Trobe University)
Michelle has more than ten years of experience working on projects in pastoral and spiritual care with La Trobe University, Spiritual Health Victoria, Australian Catholic University and the Cabrini Institute. Michelle has published in international journals and has experience presenting at conferences. She is currently employed by Meaningful Ageing Australia on a range of projects including the development of practical tools to assist organisations meet the outcomes required in the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care; and other key resources.