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Supporting Transition with Older Australians

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Trinity Baptist Church

8A Bedford Square

Colonel Light Gardens, SA 5034

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Ageing involves many transitions. They can be positive and eagerly anticipated, such as retirement; or they may be challenging and unwanted, such as the diagnosis of a chronic condition with an accompanying deterioration in health and the ability to do the things you had hoped to do in your retirement. Our health, disability and aged care sectors are also undergoing transition - from institutionally directed care models to consumer directed care models, but are our older people, faith-based agencies and churches ready for the changes, challenges and opportunities this transition presents?

This full day seminar will discuss a model to understand transition in ageing. We will explore the challenges and opportunities the transitions in service delivery are presenting for churches who wish to respond innovatively and engage with their community. We take a closer look at faith community nursing as one model that is able to facilitate transition in a consumer directed care environment as older people cope with health transitions and learn to live well with chronic conditions and possible moves from home care to residential aged care.

Program for the seminar:

08.30 Registration commences

09.15 Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

09.30 Understanding Transition in Ageing

Anne will share a researched model to understand the process of transition which can be used to help people process the changes that make transition challenging

10.00 Transition to consumer directed care: the challenges and opportunities

Sue will explain consumer directed care in the aged, community & disability care sectors, focusing on what that means for older Australians and faith based organisations

11.00 Morning Tea

11.30 The UK experience of Parish Nursing: an example of chuches supporting their community

Helen will discuss the links that parish nursing and faith-based health and pastoral care ministries are making to support older people with transition in the UK and internationally

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Health & Care Ministry & Faith Community Nursing: opportunities to support people with transition

Vicky & Anne highlight ways older Australians can be supported with challenging transitions such as diagnosis of a chronic illness, community care, disability, & residential care

2.30 Q&A panel discussion: transition in ageing, consumer-directed care and the role of faith-based organisations

Participants can field questions to the panel

3.30 Seminar closes

Our International guest speaker is Rev. Dr Helen Wordsworth, a registered nurse who has completed theological training and worked as a Baptist minister in the role of ‘mission enabler’ for the central regional Baptist Association in the UK. She commenced ‘Parish Nursing Ministries UK’ in 2001 which established the faith community nurse role across the UK. Helen was recently appointed as the ‘International Faith Community Nursing Specialist’ for the Westberg Institute, Memphis, USA, where her role is to engage with mission agencies, church leaders, nursing leaders, and funders, about starting faith community nursing as a simple, transferable and timely initiative to enhance the missional work of Christian churches.

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