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From the CEO – July 2024

by Rachael Wass, CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia

Dr Paul Callaghan, co-author of The Dreaming Path: Indigenous Thinking To Change Your Life quotes: ‘Elders say – when we leave this world behind; all we have to leave is our story…so make it the best story possible’. Dr Callaghan’s insight highlights the importance of the legacy we leave through our stories and actions. This perspective also suggests that our lives should be measured not by our busyness but by the impact we have on others and the connections we forge.

Advancing our inner world and nurturing our spiritual life can enrich our stories, making them meaningful and enduring. In an excerpt from The Little Book of Spiritual Health by our good friends at Spiritual Health Association:

“Some universal spiritual care values include: kindness, respect, dignity, compassion, equality, personal responsibility, love, and integrity. Reflecting upon these in relation to how we are with our friends, family, residents or clients, and colleagues will deepen and enrich all relationships.” (Spiritual Health Association, 2021).

It’s not always an easy path. It takes focus—connecting to our inner world, our sources for wisdom, and asking ourselves, “Am I being true to my values and staying connected within?”. It’s not about being perfect either; we are doing the best we can. Coming back to our inner connection is the key to staying steady in the face of what life throws our way.

This month, we re-acquaint ourselves with a past article, Can Spiritual Care Be Taught?, by Professor Richard Egan, one of our MAA International Experts in spirituality. Keep your eye out for a save the date for a special event in November, when Professor Egan will join us here in Melbourne.

My personal practice this month is about being thankful and respectful of legacy – of the work that others have done so that we may continue the work ahead. Thank you to our members, supporters, partners, and colleagues for journeying with us. Wishing a happy NAIDOC Week to our First Nations friends, colleagues and community.

In friendship & harmony,


  • Participate in ARIIA National Conference: Facing the Future in Adelaide Thur 4 & Fri 5 July
  • Attend NAIDOC Week session with Rachel Fishlock, CEO Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia
  • Represent MAA in the National Silver Rainbow Advisory Committee with LGBTIQ+ Health
  • Host our National Community of Practice: integrating spiritual care in the revised ACQS
  • Meet with Uni of Melbourne Contemplative Studies Centre on spiritual care needs in ageing & dying
  • Participate as a member of the Aged Care Quality Sector Reference Group to represent spiritual care
  • Attend the annual McKinsey Mission Delivery mini masterclass for Non-for Profit Leaders
  • Meet with new and current members; present to Seniors Living group and review member events