Spiritual Care Series
Meaningful Ageing Australia has partnered with the Aged Care Channel (ACC) and Health Television Network (HTN) to produce a series of programs for volunteers, family and friends of older Australians to gain key practical knowledge to offer quality voluntary pastoral and spiritual care. The title is the Spiritual Care Series. The series offers the opportunity to redefine what good pastoral care looks like within the context and banner of spiritual care. Broadcaster and Aged Care Presenter, Leigh Hatcher is the host and facilitator of the series. Prof John Swinton has been the expert advisor for the project.
Why the partnership?
Meaningful Ageing Australia, ACC and HTN share a vision to promote and pursue excellence in the provision of pastoral and spiritual care for the benefit of older people, their significant others and their carers. For over 15 years, HTN has supported the mission of ACC by producing high quality evidence-based educational programs, which promote and respond to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of our ageing population. The partnership has developed this series which will provide volunteers, family and friends of older people with a recognised standard for delivering pastoral and spiritual care within care settings.
The project delivers a volunteer education and formation program, which ensures the participants:
- Develop a broad understanding of the pastoral and spiritual needs of older people
- Understand spirituality and its connection to quality care of older people
- Provide the key practical knowledge required to undertake pastoral and spiritual care within the aged care sector including residential aged care and home care
It includes a series of filmed content as well as facilitator and participant manuals.
Episode Topics for the Series
Episode 1: Understanding the Ageing Process
Episode 2: Spirituality in Ageing
Episode 3: Good Communication
Episode 4: The Power of Story Telling
Episode 5: Dementia
Episode 6: A New Home and a New Way of Life
Episode 7: Grief, Loss, Death and Dying
Episode 8: Roles, Boundaries and Self-care
How do I begin?
Spiritual care is everyone’s business. To access the volunteer training program, please visit the Spiritual Care Series page. Here you can:
- Watch the promotional trailer
- Download a brochure
- Watch the 30-minute introduction program
- Share with friends and work colleagues or
- Get started with the Spiritual Care Series, Volunteer Training Course
The package is available to Meaningful Ageing Australia members at a discounted price. If you require assistance with starting or maintaining an effective spiritual care volunteer program, please get in touch with Meaningful Ageing Australia.