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Resources and advocacy for meaning, purpose and connectedness to be part of every ageing journey.

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We are a membership based organisation whose vision is for meaning, purpose and connectedness to be part of every ageing journey.

The Little Things

The Little Things: ready-to-use training resources to develop CALD personal carers’ communication skills as they provide care to older Australians in aged care settings.

Newsletter signup

Read past editions and sign up here for our free national service provider newsletter, sent once a month. Sign up for our See me. Know me. quarterly newsletter for older people here.


We advocate with government and key agencies for holistic care that recognises the intrinsic value of older people. Read our submissions here.

OPAN Webinar and Map of Meaning Launch

Catch up on the launch webinar with Shirley McClaren from Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds and other guests.

The Map of Meaning and Ageing: a self-reflection guide

We have been working with a group of older people to develop a self-reflection guide using a framework called ‘The Map of Meaning’.


Information and resources that we are publishing in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Webinars, workshops, networks

Find out what’s on on our webinars and networks pages.

Meet Akira

Meet Akira is our highly innovative digital solution enabling aged care services to reach the largest part of your aged care workforce – PCAs – with key messages about relationship-centred care.

Resources catalogue

We have a wide range of evidence-informed practical resources enabling organisations to implement holistic care for older people. Download the catalogue here, or go to our resources page to explore what’s on offer.

See me. Know me.

See me. Know me. is our ongoing community campaign to encourage valuing of older people, engagement with ageing and to create opportunities for people to build their inner resources.

Clinical Governance as a support for spiritual health

Clinical Governance as a support for spiritual health

Spirituality and Clinical Governance (CG) are not two concepts we expect to see linked. How strange this seems depends on how you look at clinical (or quality) governance. Many see CG as a set of systems that promote accountability for care and manage risk. And yes,...

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Consistent Staff Assignment to Support Self-Determination

Consistent Staff Assignment to Support Self-Determination

It seems a lifetime ago when we worked together at Arcare Aged Care to co-imagine a shared vision for the future. This vision was distilled from resident, staff and family member stories about what mattered most to them. Although each person’s story was unique, the...

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Kindness, compassion and respect

Meaningful Ageing Australia works to enable those who are supporting older people to be their best selves. We have a wide range of practical resources for organisations to activate on a small and large scale to develop and support capability in emotional support for older people. This includes building empathy, kindness, compassion and respect. All of these are fundamental to contemporary emotional support and spiritual care.

Our main activities

We create evidence-informed resources for organisations with heart. We enable high quality emotional, social and spiritual support built on kindness, compassion and respect.

We deliver engaging education services.

We advocate with government and key agencies regarding the value of whole of person care for older people.


The impact of our work is seen in comments from our members:

“The National Guidelines have helped our organisation see that there are better ways of structuring our organisation to give greater meaning and purpose” in the lives of clients.

“Since beginning with Dementia Services, our staff are noticing a reduction in disruptive behaviours at meal times and less anxiety between residents.”

“Our staff are having talks about wanting to see people employed because of character, not technical skill. This has been a big change.”

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Our Melbourne office is on the land of the Wurundjeri people.

Brilliant work…As a non-faith based organisation we have felt included and extended our own understanding – and role in – ensuring that older Australians in our care are provided with opportunities to explore and express their spirituality. In whatever form that takes. Thank you.

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Thank you for your outstanding work. Your resources have become a fundamental part of our work.

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