Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies (CAPS)

The Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies was founded in 2001 and has been part of the ACC&C since 2017.

CAPS supports research, education and policy development in ageing, pastoral studies and related ethical issues. It is multidisciplinary, catering to the needs of health professionals, ministers of religion, pastoral workers and older people, and seeks to examine the process of ageing within the context of meaning in life and well-being. It operates within a Christian ethos in an ecumenical setting.

A particular objective of CAPS is to undertake research in ageing and theology which has practical implications for the well-being and care of older people. Thus its focus is on the translation of research into practice, improving practice and achieving quality outcomes for older people.

In 2019, CAPS hosted the 8th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality.

The current Director is the Rev. Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay AM. The Associate Director is Professor Ann Harrington. For further information, please contact Professor MacKinlay at or call 02 6272 2602.