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Meaningful Ageing Seminar: Shellharbour NSW

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Warrigal Community Village

2 Pine Street

Albion Park Rail, NSW 2527

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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

Facilitator: Merisa Holland – Educator

Ad Dip.Min, Dip Leadership, Dip Community Services, Dip Training & Design, Dip Vocational Education and Training

Merisa is a proud indigenous woman and has been involved in leadership and spiritual care for 25 years. She has extensive experience in training and facilitating accredited courses and professional development across community services, faith based communities and in the education sector. She has worked as a service manager in homeless services, as a spiritual practitioner in faith based and community contexts and as a vocational trainer. She has also been mentoring young leaders for 15 years. More recent roles include chaplaincy in residential aged care and she is currently working as a seniors chaplaincy team leader. She is driven by her desire to provide high quality spiritual care for residents and their families and also to staff in aged care facilities so that they feel supported in the important work that they do. Merisa has a particular interest in dementia care and is currently studying a Bachelor of Dementia Care through University of Tasmania and is a trained facilitator for The Virtual Dementia Tour. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and has three adult children and the world’s best dog.

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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