Pictured below are some of the participants at our Member Representative Meetings

Member Networks

We provide many opportunities for our members to get together so you can stay up to date and inspire each other’s work.

Member Representative Meetings

Our Member Representative Meetings are small, usually state-level gatherings twice a year for the Meaningful Ageing Member Representative from your organisation. These meetings are for senior leaders and focus on overviews, initiatives, opportunities and plans between Meaningful Ageing and our members. Hosted by one of our members in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, they are chaired by our CEO. Read more below. In 2018 we held one round of state meetings and one national forum for member representatives.

Peer Support Meetings

Our Member Peer Support Meetings are local get-togethers for staff or volunteers who have some responsibility for pastoral and spiritual care. These gatherings are for front-line staff and volunteers to support each other’s work, share ideas and network. They are hosted and led by one of our members using information we provide. Read more below.

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Member Representative Meetings

Member Representative Meetings

  • Invitation-only for your organisation’s lead senior member representative
  • Held twice a year with our CEO and other senior leaders from member organisations, these gatherings provide a unique opportunity for exclusive updates, building networks and sharing of initiatives at the organisational level
  • They are held in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
  • Dates are being set for 2019, watch this space!

 

In 2018, our CEO met with senior member representatives in five capital cities then hosted a national forum in Melbourne that coincided with our Quality Awards.

National Forum Program Overview 2018

High Quality Spiritual Care in Aged Care: Evidence, excellence and access

Location: Meaningful Ageing Australia

NARI Seminar Room

Gate 4, Building 9

34-54 Poplar Rd Parkville Melbourne

10.30amArrival tea/coffee/networking
11amWelcome, acknowledgement of country and opening reflectionIlsa Hampton, CEO Meaningful Ageing Australia

11.15am

 

Keynote address and discussion: Spiritual care and quality of life – evidence update

LIVE STREAM

Dr Bruce Rumbold, La Trobe University & Meaningful Ageing Research Consultant

 

12.15pmFunding models for spiritual care in community aged careDr Adam McIntosh Associate Director of Mission: Pastoral Care UnitingCare Queensland
12.45pmNetworking lunch
1.30pmDedicated Staffing: why and howDaniella Greenwood
2.30pmNational Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care Sector Review Project – the data so farAmy Heath, PhD Candidate, La Trobe University
3pmSingle Aged Care Quality Standards update with Q & ANick Ryan, CEO Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
4pmIssue and initiativesIlsa Hampton CEO Meaningful Ageing Australia
4.30pmClose

Reminder:

Meaningful Ageing Awards Dinner at the Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall Commences 6.30pm. Open to all. Register here: https://meaningfulageingawards.eventbrite.com.au

 

Peer Support Network Meetings

Meaningful Ageing Peer Support Meetings

Meaningful Ageing Peer Support Networks are convened under the auspices of Meaningful Ageing. Their purpose is to offer aged care staff and volunteers who are focused on spiritual and/or pastoral care from member organisations, the opportunity to meet regularly in an inclusive environment for mutual support and learning around issues relevant to the ongoing development of quality spiritual and pastoral care within the aged care sector. Your role might be pastoral care, lifestyle, nursing, case management and more.

The network meetings:

  • Are hosted by a Meaningful Ageing member organisation
  • Support practitioners as you engage with the opportunities and challenges which arise in the practice of spiritual and pastoral care with older people
  • Foster closer relationships, at local level, between practitioners focused on spiritual/pastoral care within the aged care sector
  • Increase your awareness of current resources, research and best practice in the field of spiritual and pastoral care with older persons.
  • Give you an opportunity to feed back to Meaningful Ageing what your needs are at the local level.

We are supporting the establishment of these networks in areas where there is no network operating currently and a member is interested in hosting. If you would like to host a peer support gathering in your area, please contact us: admin@meaningfulage.org.au. We supply the Terms of Reference and draft agenda, as well as sending regular updates to your group convenor so you can stay in touch with our latest resources to support your work.

Once the group is formed, you decide what topics you want to focus on.

The meetings are 3-4 times a year.

For hosts, this is a great leadership opportunity. It is important that hosts are comfortable and capable to run a meeting focused on spiritual care that is inclusive of people from all faiths and none.

 

How do I find out if there is a meeting coming up in my area?

The Member Representative for your organisation is sent information about peer support network meetings in your state/territory.

You can also check our Facebook page, search Eventbrite, and find at the listing in our monthly newsletter.

 

Adelaide Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: Mark Butler (Eldercare)
247 Fullarton Road, Eastwood SA 5063

This group is meeting four times in 2019 to share ideas and support each other’s work.

Friday 22nd February 2019, 9.30-11.00am. Register your place here.

Friday 24th May 2019, 9.30-11.00am. Register your place here.

Friday 23rd August 2019, 9.30-11.00am. Register your place here.

Friday 22nd November 2019, 9.30-11.00am. Register your place here.

If you are part of a member organisation in the area contact admin@meaningfulage.org.au for registration details or check events on our Facebook page.

 

Brisbane Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: Cliff Yarrow, Blue Care Carina

Friday 31st May, 10.00-12.00pm. Register you place here.

If you are part of a member organisation in the area contact admin@meaningfulage.org.au for registration details or check events on our Facebook page.

 

Busselton Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: Jane Clayson, Baptistcare WA
William Carey Court, 450 Bussell Highway, Broadwater, Busselton 6280

Tuesday 26th March 2019, 10.00-11.30am. Register your place here.

Tuesday 9th July 2019, 10.00-11.30am. Register your place here.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 10.00-11.30am. Register your place here.

If you are part of a member organisation in the area contact admin@meaningfulage.org.au for registration details or check events on our Facebook page.

 

Geelong Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: Danny Krivan, Baptcare Geelong

Coasthaven Baptcare | 45 Robin Avenue | Norlane, VIC 3214

Monday, 25 March 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Register your place here.

Tuesday 11 June 2019, 9.30 am to 11.00 am. Register your place here.

If you are part of a member organisation in the area contact admin@meaningfulage.org.au for registration details or check events on our Facebook page.

 

Illawarra Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: Shiva Gopalan (Warrigal Care)

Wednesday 13th March 2019, 10-11.30am. Register your place here.

Wednesday 19th June 2019, 10-11.30am. Register your place here.

If you are part of a member organisation in the area contact admin@meaningfulage.org.au for registration details or check events on our Facebook page.

 

Melbourne Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: Liz Winston (Villa Maria Catholic Homes)
486 Albert Street, East Melbourne 3002.

This group is meeting four times in 2019 to share ideas and support each other’s work.

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 9.30-11.00am. Register your place here

Wednesday 12th June 2019, 9.30-11.00am. Register your place here

If you are part of a member organisation in the area contact admin@meaningfulage.org.au for registration details or check events on our Facebook page.

 

Sunshine Coast Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: Natalie Roy, Bluecare (Unitingcare Qld)

Maroochydore Uniting | 6 Millwell Road | Maroochydore, QLD 4558

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Register your place here.

If you are part of a member organisation in the area contact admin@meaningfulage.org.au for registration details or check events on our Facebook page.

 

Sydney Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: Various

This group is meeting four times in 2019 to share ideas and support each other’s work.

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 10.00-11.30am – Twilight Aged Care, 16 Punt Road, Gladesville – host: Julianne Walker
Register your place here

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 10.00-11.30am – Ashfield Baptist Homes, 31 Clissold Street, Ashfield – host: Kathy Mitchell
Register your place here

Tuesday 13th August 2019,  10.00-11.30am – Holy Family Services, 116-132 Quakers Road, Marayong – host: Carmen Karauda
Register your place here

Wednesday 13th November 2019, 10.00-11.30 – Nagle Southern Cross Care, 144-150 Flora Street, Sutherland – host: Beate Steller
Register your place here

If you are part of a member organisation in the area contact admin@meaningfulage.org.au for registration details or check events on our Facebook page.

 

Member Practitioner Network Meeting – Your Location

If you are part of a member organisation and would like to establish a Meaningful Ageing Peer Support network meeting, contact us admin@meaningfulage.org.au to talk through the process and options.