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Meaningful Ageing Workshops

Meaningful Ageing Australia offers a range of workshops and seminars to build personal capacity and networking, including ‘Listening on Purpose’, ‘Map of Meaning’, and a range of topics as part of our Regional Workshops series.

 

To find out more about workshops and seminars in your area, please click below.

Regional Workshops 2019

Regional Workshop Series 2019

Our Regional Workshops are hosted by Meaningful Ageing Australia member organisations, and open to the wider public. Thanks to our partner, Prime Super for their support. The 2019 Series runs from February to June.

Locations
Adelaide SA
Albion Park (Illawarra) NSW
Ballina NSW
Bathurst NSW
Bunbury WA
Bundaberg QLD
Coffs Harbour NSW
Dubbo NSW
MacKay QLD
Maryborough (Wide Bay) QLD
Morwell Vic
Newcastle NSW
Perth WA
Port Lincoln SA
Renmark SA (Berri)
Shepparton VIC
Wagga Wagga NSW
Read more by clicking on the relevant state/territory tab below.
Other opportunities for workshops are also listed in the tabs below.
Your organistion can request a tailored session in your location by filling in the request for quote or emailing admin@meaningfulage.org.au.
New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory

Shellharbour NSW

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach: the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Wednesday 20th March 2019, 12.30-4.30pm

Warrigal Community Village | 2 Pine Street | Albion Park Rail, NSW 2527 | Australia

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Sydney NSW

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach: the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Thursday 21st March 2019, 1.00-4.30pm

Aged & Community Services Australia | Level 6, 5 Rider Boulevard | Rhodes, NSW 2138 | Australia

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Newcastle NSW

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach: the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 12.00-3.30pm

Maroba Caring Communities | 58 Edith St | Waratah, NSW 2298 | Australia

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Wagga Wagga NSW

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach: the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Tuesday 14th May 2019, 12.30-4.30pm

Baptistcare Caloola Aged Care Centre | Cnr Plumpton Rd & Redhill Rd | Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650 | Australia

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Albury NSW

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach: the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Thursday 16th May 2019, 9.00-12.30pm

Trinity Centre – Yallaroo | Lutheran Aged Care Albury | 1 Stafford Road | Albury, NSW 2640

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Bathurst NSW

Dying, Death and Hope: building confidence with the d-word

Wednesday 12th June 2019, 1.00-4.00pm

John Dunne Building | Catholic Healthcare | 51 Gormans Hill Road | Bathurst, NSW 2795 

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Northern Territory

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Queensland

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

 

Bundaberg QLD

Dying, Death and Hope: building confidence with the d-word

Wednesday 10th April 2019, 9.30-12.30pm

Churches of Christ in Queensland | Gracehaven Aged Care Service | 71 Dr Mays Rd | Svensson Heights, QLD 4670 | Australia

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Maryborough QLD

Supporting Older People in the Transition to Aged Care

Thursday 11th April 2019, 9.30-12.30pm

Prescare Groundwater Lodge | 165 Arnaud St | Granville, QLD 4650

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MacKay QLD

Spirituality and Spiritual Care for the Person Living with Dementia

Wednesday 15th May 2019, 9.30-12.30

Blue Care Homefield Aged Care Facility | 87-95 George Street | MacKay, QLD 4740 | Australia

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Brisbane QLD

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach: the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Wednesday 29th May 2019, 1.00-4.30pm

Leading Age Services Australia | 6 Pavilions Close | Jindalee, QLD 4074 | Australia

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South Australia

Port Lincoln SA

Session One: Spiritual conversations – Introduction to ConnecTo Spiritual Screening Tool

Session Two: Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach- the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Wednesday 10th April 2019, 9.00-12.00 & 1.30-4.30pm

Matthew Flinders Home | 61/63 Oxford Terrace | Port Lincoln, SA 5606 | Australia

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Renmark SA

Spiritual Care in a Diverse World

Thursday 18th April, 9.30-12.30pm

Uniting SA Ethnic Link Services | 2 Murtho St | Renmark, SA 5341 | Australia

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Adelaide SA

Spiritual Care in a Diverse World

Thursday 27th June, 1.00-4.00pm

Calvary Flora McDonald Lodge | 206 Sir Donald Bradman Drive | Cowandilla, SA 5033

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Tasmania

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Victoria

Shepparton Vic

Spiritual Conversations: Introduction to ConnecTo Spiritual Screening Tool

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 9.30-12.30pm

Mercy Place Shepparton | 351-359 Archer St | Shepparton, Vic 3630 | Australia

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Warrnambool Vic

Spiritual Care in a Diverse World

Thursday 23rd May 2019, 1.00-4.00pm

Waterfront Living – The Squires | 2 Marfell Road | Warrnambool, Vic 3280 | Australia

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Melbourne Vic

Research Intensive

Learn how research can help you improve your practice of spiritual care.

Meaningful Ageing Australia, Spiritual Health Victoria, and Stirling Theological College – University of Divinity, are pleased to announce our second Research Intensive before the national Spiritual Care Australia conference.

Keynotes: Bruce Rumbold, Fiona Gardner, John Fisher, Sandy Leggat

Exploring research in relation to education, quality, advocacy and policy.

Practical and brief small group presentations with Masters and PhD graduates in pastoral and spiritual care across a range of specialisations including community care, acute health, disability services and aged care.

Sunday 16 June 2019, 9am – 4pm

Richmond, Melbourne

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Geelong VIC

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach: The new Aged Care Quality Standards

Friday 21st June 2019, 12.30-4.00pm

Multicultural Aged Care | 100 Weddell Road | Geelong, Vic 3216

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Western Australia

Eaton WA

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach – the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Monday 25th March 2019, 9.30-12.30pm

Bethanie Fields | 111 Eaton Drive | Eaton, WA 6232 | Australia

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Perth WA

Spiritual Care in a Diverse World

Tuesday 26th March 2019, 9.30-12.30pm

Multicultural Service Centre | 5 Bookham Street | Morley, WA 6059 | Australia

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Request for Quote

Use our form or email us for a workshop quote

Your organistion can request a tailored session in your location by filling in the request for quote or emailing admin@meaningfulage.org.au. Special rates apply for member organisations.

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

Melbourne seminar participant

Previous Workshops and Seminars

Previous Meaningful Ageing Seminars

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.

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

 

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

Adelaide

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Further Information

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.

Learn more about our workshop and seminar topics below:

Listening on Purpose

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

Map of Meaning

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.

Testimonials

“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

Integrating a Spiritual Care Approach: the new Aged Care Quality Standards

This workshop will equip participants to be able to link the new Aged Care Quality Standards with spiritual care practices outlined in the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care. We will explore domains two and five; ‘relationships and connectedness’, and ‘enabling spiritual expression’, noting what to look for in program planning. We will also engage with examples of programs and practices to assess against your current practice. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the new Quality Standards and the intersection with the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.
  • Engage with practice examples.
  • Build confidence in designing programs and activities that connect with what matters most to people you are supporting.
  • Participate in self-assessment/quality assurance processes for personal and team practice.

 

This workshop assumes some prior knowledge of spirituality and spiritual care and it is recommended that participants engage in a spiritual care orientation program prior. It is ideal for anyone involved in planning and implementing programs, services and supports for daily living, including health and wellbeing, lifestyle, and pastoral and spiritual care staff.

Dying, Death and Hope: building confidence with the d-word

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 and their family members as death approaches? How might we attend to the grief and loss 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?

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
  • Understanding communication processes within the team so all staff are aware when a resident dies and are able to support each other, the loved ones and other residents.
  • Feel more comfortable engaging in conversations around the dying process and death
Spiritual Care in a Diverse World

Spiritual care in a diverse world

picture of senior couple have meal in the garden

Part 1. Introduction to spirituality and contemporary spiritual care in aged care

Appropriate for those who have direct contact with older people, leaders and managers.

The recently published National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care state that spiritual care is everyone’s business. Spirituality is intrinsic to being human, and spiritual needs may arise at any time. While chaplains, pastoral carers and pastoral care practitioners have a distinct role in the provision of skilled spiritual care, every person in contact with older people needs to have a basic awareness of spirituality and how it affects their role.

This session will engage participants in a process of developing and deepening understandings of spirituality and spiritual care. It will support the development of confidence in providing basic spiritual care, and discerning when to refer to a skilled practitioner.

During the session, participants will engage in:

  • Understandings of spirituality and spiritual care
  • Reflection on real life stories
  • An exploration of your values and what’s important to you
  • Implications for practice in aged care
  • Practical ideas to implement in your organisation
  • Opportunity to network with others

 

Part 2. Acknowledging diversity (staff, residents, family, volunteers)

In providing spiritual care, we need to develop self-awareness. We can become aware of our values, beliefs, preferences, interests and ways of being. When we know ourselves, we can easily see where we share values and beliefs with others, and where our values and beliefs differ. We come to see that our values are born of our particular cultural, familial, relational, and religious experiences and are not ‘right or wrong’ but simply different. We can carry an attitude of openness to different human experiences, and celebrate those differences for the richness and complexity that they offer.

The session will explore diversity in terms of:

  • Culture
  • Religion/faith
  • Sexuality/gender
Spirituality and Spiritual Care for the Person Living with Dementia

This workshop will present a refresher on spirituality and spiritual care, then will explore the importance of spirituality for people living with dementia. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Increase their awareness and sensitivity in offering spiritual care for those living with dementia
  • Develop presence and practice listening skills, particularly in the context of non-verbal communication
  • Learn about an application of the ConnecTo Spiritual Screening Tool with people living with dementia, and how to use it in care planning
  • Engage in reflective practice using examples and shared stories of professional practice
Spiritual Conversations: Introduction to ConnecTo Spiritual Screening Tool

Spiritual conversations – Introduction to ConnecTo Spiritual Screening Tool

In this two-part Workshop, participants will first receive an introduction to spiritual care and then explore the application of Meaningful Ageing Australia’s unique spiritual screening tool, ConnecTo. There will be time at the end of the session to talk about integration in your organisation.

Part 1. Introduction to spirituality and spiritual care (for all staff and volunteers)

  • Spiritual Care Orientation
  • Introduction to screening and assessment

Part 2. Introduction to ConnecTo Spiritual Screening Tool (for frontline staff, especially those who will use it proactively)

  • Who conducts screening? Who conducts assessment?
  • Questions to consider in implementing ConnecTo
  • Introduction to ConnecTo
Supporting Older People in the Transition to Aged Care

Supporting older people in the transition to aged care

Hands of mature women watching old photos in the

The move into care, whether residential aged care or community care, can be a challenging experience for many older adults. Care may be necessitated by changes in health status, diminishing physical or mental capacity, and may be accompanied by a shift in identity, sense of purpose and loss of hope. Research shows that the transition is often linked with depression.

How can we support older people to navigate this transition? How can we skilfully facilitate life review at this time? How can we companion older people in meaning-making, assisting them to connect with what is most important to them?

This Workshop will offer a range of practical skills to enable care staff to provide spiritual care to older people experiencing transition. Participants will be introduced to ConnecTo, a new tool for spiritual screening. We’ll explore what it is and how it works, and then use it for self-reflection. When we understand ourselves, we better understand others.

Understanding Islam and Muslim Spirituality

Understanding Islam and Muslim spirituality

Gaining knowledge about Islam, not only as a religion but also as a way of life for its followers, will assist care providers to understand the care needs of Muslims and respond in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner. It is critical to know about cultural perspectives that have significant influences on Muslim health care, aged care, and spiritual care so as to offer the right support to individuals and families at a time when support is needed the most.

This session will highlight the essentials of Islam in everyday life of a Muslim and the interface between religion and culture in the context of care to help build greater confidence of providers in cross-cultural situations involving Muslims. This cultural knowledge will flow through to more inclusive services, enhanced quality of care and quality of life, and positive care experiences for Australian Muslims and their carers.