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Meaningful Ageing Seminars

About our Seminars and Workshops

Our Meaningful Ageing Seminars and Workshops are local gatherings to build personal capacity and networking.

This year we are offering a unique series of regional seminars – read more here, or for bookings scroll down this page.

Also we have a new Listening Workshop on offer – read more below.

We can offer seminars to fit your program, as well as partnering with members to run sessions that are open to the general public. Contact us today to request a quote – we offer special rates for members. You can also use our on-line form here.

If you:

  • Work with older people
  • Have a passion for high quality care and quality of life for elders
  • Want to benefit from the current experience of experts and practitioners
  • Would like to connect with like-minded people in your town or city
  • Want to learn how you can provide quality spiritual care within your current role
  • Are curious about the ‘missing link’ in quality of care

then you will love what we offer!

If you have ideas for seminar topics, or would like to partner with us to organise a seminar in your town or suburb, feel free to contact us: admin@meaningfulage.org.au.

Upcoming Regional Workshop Series 2019

We are inviting expressions of interest from Meaningful Ageing Australia member organisations to host a workshop in 2019.

As a host organisation, you will:
– Receive ten free places for your staff/volunteers in the workshop
– Choose from our range of topics, to suit the learning needs of your staff/volunteers
– Have the additional option of a facilitated discussion for older people in your care, and/or their loved ones.
Please submit your expression of interest here.

Death, Dying and Hope: Conversations about end of life

10.00am-1.00pm, 30th November 2018

Meaningful Ageing Australia | NARI Seminar Room, Building 9 | Gate 4, 34-54 Poplar Rd | Parkville, VIC 3052

Many of us find talking about end of life particularly difficult, and communicating with others about end of life presents its own challenges. How do we, as care staff, communicate with residents/clients and their family members as death approaches? How might we attend to the grief experienced by family members and our colleagues? What processes can we put in place to enable the whole team to stay up to date with news of recently deceased residents or clients?

This session will engage participants in discussions about end of life:

  • Develop your communication skills
  • Recognise spiritual care needs at end of life
  • Understand what people are likely to experience in loss
  • Recognise that all staff have a role in end of life care
  • Understand communication processes within the team so all staff are aware when a resident/client dies and are able to support each other, the person’s loved ones and other residents/clients.
  • Feel more comfortable engaging in conversations around the dying process and death
  • Links to the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Facilitated by: Jenika Graze – Senior Educator

BA, DipAppSci (Nursing), GradDipEd (Health), GradDipHealth (Palliative Care), DipMissiology

Jenika is an experienced palliative care nurse, who has also had numerous roles in the aged care sector, both in residential care and in the community. She spent thirteen years working in Nepal, and helped establish the first palliative care training there. She continues to run workshops in Australia, Nepal and India on a wide range of topics, and in particular palliative care and communication skills. Jenika enjoys integrating spiritual care into her professional practice in these different cultural contexts. Jenika is passionate about adding meaning and purpose to life, in all its stages, through interpersonal connectedness and meaningful community. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and four children.

Register for the Death, Dying and Hope Workshop here.

Meaningful Ageing Regional Seminar Series

In the first half of 2018, Meaningful Ageing Australia offered a series of seminars across regional Australia proudly supported by Prime Super.

Pictured are participants in the Katherine, NT session on Sorry Business. Thank you to our members for hosting.

We visited: Albany WA Hall & Prior; Bendigo Vic Uniting AgeWell; Busselton WA Baptistcare WA; Cairns QLD Blue Care (Uniting Care QLD);  Darwin NT Southern Cross Care SA/NT; Devonport TAS Baptcare; Gosford NSW Presbyterian Aged Care; Griffith ACT Baptistcare NSW/ACT;  Katherine NT Roper Gulf Regional Council; Lismore NSW Uniting; Mount Gambier SA Resthaven; Port Macquarie NSW Catholic Care of the Aged Port Macquarie; Rockhampton QLD Prescare QLD; Shellharbour NSW Warrigal; Tamworth NSW RFBI; Tanunda SA Tanunda Lutheran Homes;  Townsville QLD Arcare. Read more on our Facebook page.

We ran sessions on three main topics, chosen by the host.

  • Death, dying and hope
  • Transition into Care
  • Spiritual care in a diverse world

In some locations we also ran a session with people accessing aged care services and/or families.

Repeated feedback was thanks for opening up the topic of spirituality in a sensitive and empowering way; and that if only the whole team was there, or that the session was longer!

Let us know if you would like to support a session in your area.

Nourishing a Meaningful Life: Using the Map of Meaning in the Context of Ageing 

Meaning and purpose are two pillars of spirituality that can be most difficult to talk about.

This practical session is for anyone who is ageing; and for the aged care workforce.

Meaningfulness increases well-being, and health, as well as enjoyment of life within our ever-changing circumstances.  An ability to understand and be proactive through the various stages of ageing, including facing death and dying, helps each person fulfil their yearning for a meaningful life. Because the dimensions of the Map of Meaning are universal, it also provides a simple, practical way for those involved in caring for older people to examine existing practices and facilities to see whether or not these support older people to increase their sense of meaningfulness.

In this workshop, Lani Morris will present the Map of Meaning, and help you to understand and use the Map to increase meaningfulness in your own life, or those you love and /or care for.

Facilitator: Lani Morris

Lani Morris is a co-founder and CEO of the Map of Meaning International Trust. She is the world authority on the application of the Map of Meaning, a simple yet profound framework that shows us what human beings agree makes work and life meaningful.  This rigorously researched model has been used in many parts of the world over the past twenty years. It helps each person find and keep meaning at any stage of their life. A facilitator with over thirty years of experience, Lani brings compassion, wisdom, humour and practicality to her workshops on the Map.


“Lani has the ability to distil what could otherwise be a complex topic into very simple, clear and above all usable information.”  Drew Pryde, workshop participant.

“I learnt about the Map of Meaning eight years ago.  Since then, it’s in my body and it’s never left. It connects up our intrinsic knowing, our inner searching, and our inner desire for balance. So many people are lost and don’t believe they have what they need inside them. If you ever wonder what’s the point of my life? What on earth am I going to do? The Map of Meaning guides you to what to look for and what to look at so you can create your own answers.  It’s a compass for a journey you are going to make.” Penny Kennedy, course participant

Please contact Meaningful Ageing Australia if you are interested to host or participate in the Map of Meaning Workshop

Listening on Purpose

Listening is critical in every aspect of our life and work, and is central to spiritual care. Listening well prevents conflict, builds work teams and is essential for understanding each older person. In this experiential workshop, participants will learn how to:

  • Listen to people’s stories so that they feel heard and valued.
  • Listen using your body and heart.
  • Listen without words.
  • Listen without interruption.

Facilitators: Jen Barrkman and Kris Plowman from Red Thread Stories

Register by clicking on the date below:

Wednesday March 13th 2019 at Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm, QLD 4005

Wednesday April 17th 2019 at Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm, QLD 4005

Contact us if you would like a similar session in your organisation

Spirituality Summit: yours, mine and ours

Diversity and spirituality

in partnership with the PICAC Alliance and MAC SA

Whole day interactive workshop with food from around the world

August 2018


Contact us for more information

Previous Meaningful Ageing Seminars

Albury 2017

Jenika Graze, Senior Educator, Meaningful Ageing Australia: ‘Death, Dying and Hope‘ Seminar for staff and volunteers, and conversation with families.

Tasmania 2017

Ilsa Hampton, CEO, Meaningful Ageing Australia: ‘I Didn’t Choose This’ – Improving the experience of older people engaging with aged care for the first time in the era of choice and control

Mildura 2017

Jenika Graze, Senior Educator, Meaningful Ageing Australia: Meaningful Conversations – What to expect at end of life

Conversation with Families: What to expect at end of life

Seminar with Care Staff: Death, Dying and Hope

Albury 2017

Jenika Graze, Senior Educator, Meaningful Ageing Australia: Spiritual Care – Everyone’s Business

Perth 2017

Ilsa Hampton, CEO, Meaningful Ageing Australia: Keys to Spiritual Care – Context, Communication & Connectedness

Newcastle 2016

Ilsa Hampton, CEO, Meaningful Ageing Australia: Orientation to Spiritual Care

Melbourne 2016

Kay Horgan, Aged Care Consultant, AgeWorks – CDC: Seize the Opportunity for Holistic Care

Kerry Whitlock, Palliative Care Specialist – Quality, Uniting AgeWell – Meaningful Comfort Care

Catherine Barrett – Insulating Against Ageism

Brisbane 2016

Ilsa Hampton, Meaningful Ageing Australia CEO – Engaging, inspiring and maintaining pastoral care volunteers

Wayne Crouch, Seniors Chaplain, Churches of Christ in Queensland & Judy McCrow, Clinical Practice Lead Churches of Christ in Queensland – Give me bread not stones – developing a high quality dementia-specific church service

Rev Heather Allison Director of Mission Blue Care – Responding to existential crisis in older people – when they ask ‘why me?’

Brisbane content is available to Meaningful Ageing Australia members here.

Perth 2015

Phillip Carrier Catholic Homes Inc – Connecting through our Story

David Dyke Circle of Men WA – Connecting Disconnected Men

Stephen Hall BaptistCare WA – The Challenges of our Changing Spirituality

Melbourne 2014

Steven Sabat, Prof of Psychology, Georgetown University, USA – Forgetting ‘memory loss’

Daniella Greenwood, National Strategy and Innovation Manager, Arcare – The Relational Approach

Adelaide 2014

Warren Lewis, pastoral care client – Speaking from Experience

Peter Burke, Director Anglicare SA – Community Engagement

Mark Butler, Coordinating Chaplain, Eldercare – The Eldercare Experience

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The seminar had great speakers that stimulated new thoughts… very useful indeed!

Melbourne seminar participant

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