The peak body for spiritual care and ageing takes its training program on the road to deliver professional development to aged care staff and volunteers in 17 regional centres.

Starting with Hall and Prior in Albany, Western Australia on 27 February, Meaningful Ageing Australia will visit 17 regional aged care providers across every state and mainland territory until 21 June to offer training on a range of spirituality topics based on local needs.

Ilsa Hampton

The series is being run in partnership with superannuation fund Prime Super and is open to all aged care staff, volunteers and members of the public interested in the sessions.

Session topics include:

  • introduction to spirituality and contemporary spiritual care in aged care
  • acknowledging diversity
  • spiritual conversations
  • supporting older people in the transition to aged care
  • death, dying and hope – conversations about end of life
  • responding to loss and grief
  • family or resident conversations

A seminar on understanding Islam and Muslim spirituality is also available upon request.

Meaningful Ageing CEO Ilsa Hampton said the training series filled a gap for regional providers, which sometimes missed out on the best education more readily available in metropolitan areas.

“The beauty and challenge of contemporary spiritual care gives staff the opportunity to engage with what it means to integrate spiritual care from within their own situation, personally as well as professionally,” she said.

Ms Hampton said the upcoming review of the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care would be informed in part by conversations at these seminars.

Tickets are free for staff and volunteers of the host provider and cost between $36 and $59 for other participants.

See Meaningful Ageing Australia’s website for more details on dates and locations.

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