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There are a wide range of courses and training options available in pastoral and spiritual care in ageing nationwide. However, finding training programs that meet your professional development requirements can be a challenge. That is why Meaningful Ageing Australia has developed the Training and Education Guide that contains all the information about the available training and education programs in one central location.

The Meaningful Ageing Australia Training and Education Guide offers the functionality to see the content of each listed course, what specific ageing content and/or a pastoral placement in an aged care setting is provided, location, study modalities and qualifications awarded.

In our Training and Education Guide you will find listed:

Accredited courses, including: (click here for course listing)

–       Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses that are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
–       Higher Education courses that are delivered by higher education providers with self-accrediting authority and/or are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

The accredited courses listed in the Guide are structured around the levels of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), which specifies the standards for qualifications in Australia.

Clinical Pastoral Education (click here for CPE listing)

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a program of education and formation for spiritual and pastoral care. The program’s methodology utilises the action reflection model of learning. The action component entails the actual provision of pastoral care in a clinical setting under the guidance of certified supervisors.

CPE in Australia and New Zealand is conducted by six CPE accrediting associations that consult together for common curricula and standards of practice under an umbrella association, the Australia New Zealand Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ANZACPE).The six constituent associations are: the New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education (New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory); Queensland Institute of Clinical Pastoral Education; Association for Supervised Pastoral Education in Australia (Victoria and Tasmania); Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in Western Australia; South Australia and Northern Territory Association for Clinical Pastoral Education; and New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Details of the different centers, centre directors and their contact details are listed in the Meaningful Ageing Australia Training and Education Guide.

CPE is generally focused on acute health, however, there are centres that have a particular focus for people engaged in community-based pastoral care that could offer clinical placement for the program at any of a number of community settings, including aged care – or offer an introduction or basic unit in aged care. Please contact your local association and/or centre to ascertain if you can negotiate a clinical placement in an aged care setting.

Course availability

The Registered Training Organisations (RTO) listed in the Guide are the ones that are approved by the ASQA to deliver the VET course. However, please note that the training products the RTO is actually delivering may vary from year to year. Higher Education Courses may also vary from year to year. Therefore please contact the relevant course provider for more details, location and availability.

Your input is welcome

The guide content is correct as of January 2017. We are aware that the course availability and content is dynamic and changing. Should you have any additional information or modifications, please contact Meaningful Ageing Australia here.

Meaningful Ageing Australia does not endorse the courses that are provided on this website and it makes no representations or warranties with regard to those organisations. Nor does Meaningful Ageing Australia specifically endorse any of the organisations, which are linked to or from this website.

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