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We have a great line up for our Melbourne Meaningful Ageing Seminar.

Anyone interested in quality of life and quality of care for older people can attend one of our popular seminars.

Registrations are now open here. Places are limited – register yourself and your colleagues today!

Friday 1 July 2016


Be inspired
Be informed
Be connected

Our popular seminars always include time to meet others, as well as outstanding and thought-provoking speakers.

Kay Horgan
Aged Care Consultant, AgeWorks
CDC: seize the opportunity for holistic care

Kerry Whitlock
Palliative Care Specialist – Quality, Uniting AgeWell
Meaningful comfort care

Dr Catherine Barrett
Insulating against ageism

Meaningful Ageing Australia member organisation staff $30per person +GST
Non-members $120per person +GST

Arrival refreshments and morning tea included

130 Little Collins St, Melbourne

Questions? Contact our friendly Meaningful Ageing team:
03 8387 2274

With thanks to Uniting AgeWell for their support of this event.

Seminar Topics and Speakers – more information

Kerry Whitlock, Meaningful Comfort Care
At Uniting AgeWell (UA) we believe that older people, like people of all ages, want to live in an environment of choice, empowerment and wellness – and to access support and care as they choose. The AgeWell model has six elements which focus on wellbeing and the promotion of independence. AgeWell Palliate commences up to six months before the end of life to provide support and spiritual guidance.  UA Namaste, a new component of AgeWell Palliate, is an innovative new model of care as a meaningful comfort care activity program. Based on Stacpoole (2013) this program supports the person with advanced dementia in particular. As the person’s dementia progresses, a key issue is the difficult and frustrating loss of verbal communication, which often leads to task focused, biomedical care. UA Namaste turns around these models to care to one that genuinely comforts and connects. The key is staff training.

As the Palliative Care Specialist, Uniting AgeWell Kerry Whitlock has successfully implemented the AgeWell Palliate program across residential and community programs. A registered nurse, who completed a Master of Health Sciences – Aged Services in 2015, Kerry received a Fellowship from the Dementia Training Study Centre 2015 for the project of UA Namaste, to support the person with advanced dementia, staff and families involved in this new  palliative comfort care approach.

Catherine Barrett, Insulating Against Ageism
This presentation will provide participants with practical strategies for promoting the safety and wellbeing of older people by challenging ageism. It will begin by exploring the pervasiveness of ageism and its impacts on older people, family members, service providers and services. Next a strategy for addressing ageism will be outlined and participants provided suggestions for disseminating the strategy.

Dr Catherine Barrett has over 30 years experience working with older people as a nurse, educator, consultant and capacity builder. For the past 15 years Catherine has been focused on older people’s sexuality and has established ground breaking projects recognising older LGBTI people, preventing the sexual assault of older women, addressing sexuality after stroke and preventing STIs. In 2016 Catherine established two national projects. The Tea Cosy project (celebrateageing.com) challenges ageism, builds respect for older people and prevents elder abuse. The OPAL Institute promotes awareness of older people’s sexual rights.

Kay Horgan, CDC: seize the opportunity for holistic care
This presentation will draw upon Kay’s experience working in the aged care sector to discuss:
What is CDC…and what it’s not!
How aged care staff can be leaders in holistic health in a CDC environment
Why working under a medical model has limited our thinking and ability to offer a more holistic, compassionate approach to care
Why current aged policy provides an opportunity for positive change through a consumer directed care approach
Authentic leadership – honouring your own gifts and talents
Leading to bring out the best in your team as a key to enabling better service delivery
Staying resilient in times of uncertainty

The presentation will draw upon Kay’s own personal story of change. She illuminates how our own shifting awareness of our own needs can be the catalyst for greater personal and career fulfilment.

Kay brings over 35 years of experience in health and aged care. She originally trained as a nurse before pursuing a career in staff development, specialising in change management. She has worked with many aged care organisations, and specialises in accreditation, compliance and risk management. She’s a passionate advocate of holistic health to support the needs of mind, body and spirit of the individuals. She sees holistic health as the true path to healing and wellbeing. In 2002 she founded AgeWorks. Part of Kay’s mission is to promote more positive images of ageing and overcome limited thinking, to create great possibility in older peoples lives. She has recently authored her first book, Mission Possibility – a leader’s guide to age care.

Updated 2 May 2016