An Introduction to Spirituality for Leaders
The Meaningful Ageing Australia Seminar Series presents thought-provoking, engaging and informative speakers, along with an opportunity to network with other leaders in aged care. For anyone interested in quality of life and quality of care for older people.
About the Seminar – An Introduction to Spirituality for Leaders
The recently published National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care provide a remarkable strategic opportunity for organisations as it seeks to creatively support the aged care community to embrace the “heart of quality” as “trusting, connected relationships, effective communication and an ongoing dialogue”. However, many of us have not yet had the opportunity to consider for ourselves what spirituality and spiritual care is all about. Spirituality and spiritual care are not included in the curriculum for most care qualifications, although related concepts such as knowing yourself, your story and your values are found in leadership programs.
This seminar will engage participants in a process of developing and deepening understandings of spirituality and spiritual care, and the implications this has for leadership in an aged care organisation. Drawing upon current evidence around spirituality, spiritual care and ageing, the session will align with the core values of the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care; empathy and compassion, acceptance and respect, inclusion and diversity, and dignity.
The session is inclusive of all and assumes no particular belief system.
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 leadership in aged care
- Practical ideas to implement in your organisation
- Opportunity to network with others
The Newcastle Seminar will include the Meaningful Ageing Australia Quality Practice Award, which recognises innovation and excellence in the spiritual care of older people. This year the Award will be presented by Ilsa Hampton to one of six finalists.
What previous participants have said:
"The seminar had great speakers, that stimulated new thoughts, very useful indeed" (
"Thank you for a very informative and stimulating morning" (Melbourne seminar participant)
"Encouraging, informative, challenging and motivating" (
"Thank you for putting on this morning. It is encouraging and helpful to come together and look at different ways we care for others" (Brisbane seminar participant)
"I enjoyed the sharing of information, the coming together of many people from different walks of life" (Brisbane seminar participant)
For more information, please contact Meaningful Ageing Australia on (03) 8387 2616 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
 Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (2015). ‘Let’s talk about quality. Shaping the Future. National consultation report December 2015’.