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.

 

Important Note on COVID-19

All our events are online until further notice.

3rd Annual National Member Forum 2020 – 3 September

Addressing current and emerging issues for high quality spiritual care and aged care

  • Now a fully accessible online event with a fantastic line up of speakers.
  • Plenty of space for interaction and breaks to prevent Zoom fatigue!
  • Ideal for leaders from quality, learning and development, operations, spiritual care/wellbeing services and ‘customer’ experience.

3 September, 12.30-5.15pm AEST

Register here

PROGRAM (may be subject to change)

12.30pm Welcome and acknowledgement of country, update from Meaningful Ageing Australia (Ilsa Hampton)

1.10pm Jenny Blok, BaptistCare Moving Towards, Not Away: Spiritual Care Leadership During a COVID-19 Outbreak

1.35pm Participant engagement: a chance to ask your big questions

1.50pm Prof Jennifer Tieman, Research Centre in Palliative Care, Death and Dying at Flinders University Engagement with spirituality and spiritual care

2.15pm Participant engagement: a chance to ask your big questions

2.50pm Break

3.05pm Pip Mackey The Little Things: intercultural communications training for PCAs

3.40pm Participant engagement: a chance to ask your big questions

3.55pm Bernard Morrison, Eldercare Experience from implementing a wellbeing approach to care

4.20pm Julie Philpott Inclusive Spiritual Care Volunteers – Carrington’s Story

4.45pm Meet Akira – digital resource for personal carers full viewing

Update from Meaningful Ageing

5.15pm close

Register here – only $25 per person inc GST

Download the program

Regional/State Network Meetings

Member Regional/State Network Meetings

Our Member Representative Meetings are small, usually state-level gatherings twice a year for the Meaningful Ageing Member Representative from your organisation, and others they choose to bring along. 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 locations around the country, they are chaired by our CEO.

  • Invitation-only for three people from your organisation, including the member rep.
  • Most meetings can be joined by teleconference, using Zoom, allowing more staff to participate.
  • Held once 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.

Network meetings were established in:

NSW Central Sydney Region Network Meeting
NSW Illawarra Region Network Meeting
NSW Mid North Coast Region Network Meeting
NSW North Sydney Region Network Meeting
Queensland State Network Meeting
South Australia State Network Meeting
Victoria State Network Meeting
Western Australia State Network Meeting

Previous National Forum

2nd Annual National Member Forum – 2019

Recharge and Reconnect

Epping, Sydney

Members can send up to three staff for free to our national member forum.

Register here

Download the program here

Program:

9.30am Arrival tea/coffee/morning tea – networking

10.00am Ilsa Hampton, CEO Meaningful Ageing Australia

Welcome, acknowledgement of country and opening reflection

Planning for the future of spiritual care in aged care

12noon Dr Chris Turner, Stirling College University of Divinity

Moral injury in the context of aged care

 12.45pm Networking lunch

1.30pm Dr Richard Fleming, Honourary Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong

A salutogenic approach to care and design

2.30pm Dr Laurence Lepheld, University of Southern Queensland

Spiritual Assessment in Aged Care Project

3pm Afternoon tea – networking

3.20pm Resource launch

The Space Between: implementing spiritual care in community aged care

presentation by Margaret Woods, Catholic Healthcare

proudly supported by Prime Super

4pm New resources overviews

Map of Meaning and Ageing: for service providers

Spirituality of Dying Facilitator’s Guide

See me. Know me.

And more!

4.30pm Close

Register for the member forum here

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: Kim Thoday (Eldercare)
247 Fullarton Road, Eastwood SA 5063

The schedule for the Adelaide meetings will be published as soon as it is confirmed.

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: Michael Azzopardi, Mercy Community Services

The schedule for the Brisbane meetings will be published as soon as it is confirmed.

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

The schedule for the Busselton meetings will be published as soon as it is confirmed.

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

The schedule for the Geelong meetings will be published as soon as it is confirmed.

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)

The schedule for the Illawarra meetings will be published as soon as it is confirmed.

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.

The schedule for the Melbourne meetings will be published as soon as it is confirmed.

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.

Perth Peer Support Network Meeting

Host: David Van Leen (Bethanie) and Sandy Komen (RAAFA WA)

The schedule for the Perth meetings will be published as soon as it is confirmed.

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

The schedule for the Sunshine Coast meetings will be published as soon as it is confirmed.

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 2020 to share ideas and support each other’s work.

Tuesday 10th November 2020, 9.30 am-11.00 am – This meeting will take place online via Zoom. 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.

 

Peer Support 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.