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Meaningful Ageing Seminar: Mt Gambier SA

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Mount Gambier, SA 5290


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Spiritual Care in a Diverse World

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 spiritual 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 (ours and others’)

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

This event is proudly Supported by Prime Super

Thanks to Resthaven for hosting this event

Facilitator: Kim Thoday

A, BTheol, Dip.Min (Honours), MA (Research), JP

Kim has found himself in the company of older people throughout his life. He loves to learn from seniors – and highly values the opportunity to be with them. Kim has worked for Eldercare (South Australia) since 2010 as a residential care chaplain and, more recently, as both a chaplain and a project manager – assisting with the development of a ten year strategic business plan for the organisation. Kim is also a serving chaplain with the RAAF and was a police chaplain for over ten years. He has worked as an electorate officer, co-manages a small hospitality business and worked in a number of innovative faith communities both in Victoria and South Australia. Kim has wide-ranging experience as a spiritual care supervisor, key-note speaker and conference presenter. His subject matter has ranged from peace activism, spiritual care of people living with dementia, spirituality and postmodernity and, the intersection of faith and politics in Australian history. Kim has extensive and diverse experience in project management and consultancy – in community, government, faith community and corporate contexts. He is also an amateur astronomer and is involved with the Planetarium at the University of South Australia. Kim is currently working on a PhD thesis through the department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University.

For more information, please contact Meaningful Ageing Australia on (03) 8387 2616 or via email to admin@meaningfulage.org.au

What previous participants have said:

The seminar had great speakers that stimulated new thoughts, very useful indeed" (Melbourne seminar participant)

"Thank you for a very informative and stimulating morning" (Melbourne seminar participant)

"Encouraging, informative, challenging and motivating" (Brisbane seminar participant)

"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)


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