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

Important Note on COVID-19

All our events are online until further notice.


Member Networks

Catch up on the key content from previous sessions in our Member’s Zone here.

The Member Networks are three, independent but related opportunities for members (and non-members) to engage with each other and Meaningful Ageing Australia to encourage each other in making the lives of older Australians in their care more meaningful, purposeful and connected.

For 2021, Meaningful Ageing is launching a refreshed range of engagement opportunities:

  • Community of Practice
  • Leader’s Networks
  • Webinars

Read our Webinar Privacy Policy here.

IMPORTANT NOTES: We record the introduction and main presentation of each webinar. We stop recording when the main presentation is over and the rest of the session if open for people to actively participate. For the Community of Practice and Leader’s Networks this is just before we move into Break Out Rooms. This is highlighted at the beginning of each event.

Also, with the Community of Practice and Leader’s Networks, we will lock the meeting after the main presentation and before the Break Out Room sessions, so that you will be unable to join the event. Generally, this will happen about 20 minutes after the start of each event.

Community of Practice


The National Community of Practice replaces the Peer Support Networks, with a focus on monthly, national meetings hosted by Meaningful Ageing.

The meetings will be held during the second working week of each calendar month and will be rotated through different days and afternoon time slots, to allow maximum opportunities for frontline team members to join from different time zones, and, also fit in with your work schedules. The meetings are for one hour only, and break-out rooms will be used if the number of attendees require it.

The meetings are open to all frontline staff who have a particular interest in social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Non-members can also register as a guest to experience what the meetings are all about.

The meetings are thematic and map onto the relevant Aged Care Quality Standard, to reinforce the message that spiritual care is whole-of-person care, and whole-of-organisation. They are also a place of sharing and support.


Catch up on the key content from previous Community of Practice meetings in our Member’s Zone here.

Identity: special workshop with Dr Raelene Wilding, La Trobe University
Tuesday, 16 November at 3.00pm (AEDT)
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Leaders Network

The Leaders Network is a new initiative to enable leaders (CEO and Executive-level, and/or Spiritual Care Leader) to meet together to stay up to date and to share. In raising awareness of spiritual care as part of holistic care, this network is designed to give a detailed overview of how to achieve the Aged Care Quality Standards, with regard to spiritual care, as well as some insight into how this can be achieved by all front-line staff, if they are supported to do so. These themed, quarterly meetings will help leaders to network and trouble-shoot ideas, as well as sharing initiatives at the organisational level.

Care and Service: ACQS 3 and 5
Friday, 1 October at 1.00pm (AEST)
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Assessing, Planning and Feedback: ACQS 2 and 6
Friday, 3 December at 1.00pm (AEDT)
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This new, free webinar program highlights resources for those working in aged care, both community-based and residential. The online series is designed for anybody working, or with an interest, in aged care. Each monthly webinar is only 30 minutes long and introduces participants to an innovative new resource or topic that will inspire them in their care provision.

Friday, 16 July at 1.00pm (AEST)
Guest presenter: Raelene Wilding, Associate Professor, La Trobe University
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Meaning and Food
Monday, 16 August at 2.00pm (AEST)
Guest presenter: Cherie Hugo, The Lantern Project
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Spirituality and Mental Health
Monday, 13 September at 1.00pm (AEST)
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Dementia and Spiritual Care Short Guide Launch
Friday, 15 October at 3.00pm (AEDT)
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Culture and Faith
Wednesday, 10 November at 1.00pm (AEDT)
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Previous Events

National Community of Practice

Monday, 5 July at 3.00pm (AEST)
Guest member speaker: David van Leen, Bethanie Group

Elders’ Rights and Elder Abuse
Friday, 11 June at 1.00pm (AEST)
Guest speaker: Les Underwood, UnitingSA

Palliative and End-of-Life care
Wednesday, 12 May at 2.00pm (AEST)
Guest presenters: Alex Reed, IRT Group and Janice Butera, The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Dignity, diversity and cultural safety
Wednesday, 7 April at 2.00pm (AEST)
Guest member speaker: Beate Steller, South Cross Care NSW & ACT

Response to the Royal Commission Report
Tuesday, 9 March at 2.00pm (AEDT)
Presenter: Ilsa Hampton, CEO, Meaningful Ageing Australia

Spiritual care: what to do when you don’t know what to do!
Monday, 8 February at 1.00pm (AEDT)
Guest member speaker: Kim Thoday from Eldercare


Leaders Network

Ensuring dignity and choice for daily living: ACQS 1 and 4
Friday, 4 June at 1.00pm (AEST)
Dignity of risk in the context of spiritual care
Guest presenter: Elizabeth Pringle, Improvement Matters Pty Ltd

Spiritual care and the whole organisation: ACQS 7 and 8
Tuesday, 2 March at 1.00pm (AEDT)
Guest presenter: Dr. Cathy Balding, Qualityworks PL and Adjunct Professor, Health Service Management, La Trobe University





Previous National Forum

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


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


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

10.30am Arrival tea/coffee/networking  
11am Welcome, acknowledgement of country and opening reflection Ilsa Hampton, CEO Meaningful Ageing Australia



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


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


12.15pm Funding models for spiritual care in community aged care Dr Adam McIntosh Associate Director of Mission: Pastoral Care UnitingCare Queensland
12.45pm Networking lunch  
1.30pm Dedicated Staffing: why and how Daniella Greenwood
2.30pm National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care Sector Review Project – the data so far Amy Heath, PhD Candidate, La Trobe University
3pm Single Aged Care Quality Standards update with Q & A Nick Ryan, CEO Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
4pm Issue and initiatives Ilsa Hampton CEO Meaningful Ageing Australia
4.30pm Close  


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