About Meaningful Ageing Australia
Meaningful Ageing Australia Inc. is the Australian national peak body for spiritual care and ageing. Spirituality is integral to, but not confined by, religion and faith. It is about what gives us a purpose to our lives. It is about our sources of meaning and hope, which in turn is intimately related to our connectedness to ourselves, to others and to the world.
We are a not-for-profit incorporated association, supporting organisations and groups from all backgrounds to respond to the pastoral and spiritual needs of older people, their significant others, and their carers. We advocate for spiritual care to be included in all care settings. Read more in the Member’s Zone about our practical tools for members.We use evidence-informed actions to enable high quality spiritual care for all older people.
There is now a large body of emerging evidence showing that spiritual care is an essential part of holistic care for everyone, particularly older people including, importantly, those with dementia*.
The World Health Organisation views spirituality as inextricably linked to quality of life. Recent studies have demonstrated that spiritual health both predicted well- being and an older person’s ability to adjust to the challenges of ageing.
We know that there are many organisations which value and strive to provide high quality pastoral and spiritual care but are sometimes constrained from doing so by time and resource issues or lack of specialised skills.
We also know that there are many working in aged care who understand the value of pastoral and spiritual care and want to have the conversations around spirituality, but tend to stay at a superficial level because they don’t feel they have the knowledge or skills to respond at a deeper level.
We support our members by providing the information and tools you need for high quality, integrated spiritual care.
Read our Annual Reports:
For meaning, purpose and connectedness to be part of every ageing journey.
Access to high quality pastoral and spiritual care for all older people in Australia.
Through reflection, learning and openness to growth we gain a deep understanding of the diverse pastoral and spiritual needs of older people.
Through respectful collaboration we expand our influence so that older people will flourish.
Through being truly present with others, we honour the intrinsic value of every human being.
Each year, our board reviews and updates our strategy to ensure we are responding to both our external and internal environments, as well as staying true to our purpose. Below are our key areas of focus.
Strategic Plan 2019 – June 2020
Approved at board meeting Feb 2019
Strategic focus areas:
- High quality products and services
- Advocacy and profile
|Strategic Focus 2019 – June 2020|
|High quality products & services||Sustainability||Advocacy & profile|
|We will deliver products and services that have a positive impact on the pastoral and spiritual care of older people in Australia.|
We will maintain effective governance, leadership and sound financial control. We will grow our revenue.
|We will champion the importance of pastoral and spiritual care for older people engaged with aged care services.|
We are an incorporated association registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.
Our constitution can be viewed here.
Our ABN is 78 124 451 540.
We have a skills-based board who meet regularly throughout the year. Our board membership can be viewed here.
An annual general meeting of our members is held at least once in each calendar year and within five months after the end of each financial year of the association.
We are funded through membership fees and the sale of some products and services.
From time to time we receive project funding, such as the grant from the Australian government to complete the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.
We welcome sponsorship from organisations who want to support our mission. Go to our Membership page for a list of current sponsors.
*See for example, Daly, L., & Fahey-McCarthy, E. (2014). Attending to the spiritual in dementia care nursing. British Journal of Nursing, 23(14), 787-791; Fenton, E., & Mitchell, T. (2002). Growing old with dignity: a concept analysis. Nursing Older People, 14(2), 19-21; Goh. A, Eagleton. T, Kelleher. R, Yastrubetskaya. O, Taylor. M, Chiu. E, . . .Lautenschlager. N. T. (2014). Pastoral care in old age psychiatry: Addressing the spiritual needs of inpatients in an acute aged mental health unit. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 6(2), 127-134; MacKinlay, E. (2012a). Care of Elderly People. In Cobb, M., Puchalski, C. & Rumbold, B. (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare. New York: Oxford University Press; MacKinlay, E. (2012b). Palliative Care, Ageing and Spirituality: A Guide for Older People, Carers and Families. London: Jessica Kingsley.
ABN 78 124 451 540
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