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 & National Forum

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 Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, they are chaired by our CEO. Read more below.

Our National Forum occurs once a year. Read more about the 2019 forum below, or by clicking here.

Download the program here.

This year’s focus is big picture thinking, including strategic planning for spiritual care, moral injury, salutogenic design and program design for spiritual care in community aged care.

 

 

 

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 & 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

 

Member Representative Meetings

  • Invitation-only for your organisation’s lead senior member representative and whoever else they want to bring
  • 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
  • They are held in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane

 

 

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.

Friday 30th August, 10.00-12.00pm. 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.

 

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.

Tuesday 13 August 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)

The Hub – Warrigal Community Village | 2 Pine Street | Albion Park Rail, NSW 2527

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

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

Tuesday 1st October 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

Wednesday 4th September 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.

Perth Peer Support Network Meeting

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

Thursday 25th July 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.

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.

Monday, 22nd July 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.