Day 1 - Monday 28 October

Location: Old Parliament House

Morning session

  • 8.30 - 8.45am Morning Reflections
  • 8.45am: Welcome
  • 9:00am - 9:30am Welcome from Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard
  • 9:30am - 10.30am Keynote 1
Keynote 1 sponsored byKeynote

Hammond Care
Keynote 1: Professor John Swinton "Re-imagining Personhood: Dementia, Culture and Citizenship"


The issue of personhood and what it means to be a human being sits at the heart of the many of the conversations around dementia. For the most part the focus has been on philosophy and theology as a way of thinking about personhood. However, citizenship (in combination with the other two) offers much potential to facilitate positive and creative conversations around issues of personhood and humanness. Asking the question: What does it mean for all citizens within our country to live well and flourish helps us to think about dementia not as a problem to be solved, but a life to be lived and lived well. This presentation will explore citizenship as an aspect of personhood with a particular focus on spirituality and the creation of creative cultures of care.
  • 10.30am - 11.00am: Morning tea provided
  • 11.00am - 12.30pm: Concurrent Paper sessions
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch provided and poster presenters

Afternoon session

  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm: Keynote 2
Keynote 2 sponsored byKeynote

Dr Lydia K. Manning, PhD "The Lived Experience of Ageing in Faith Communities: Exploring the Perceptions of Support for Older Adults"


We investigated the experiences older adults and those serving them in various communities of faith. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 older adults ranging in age from 65 to 95 years of age. Grounded Theory coding techniques were applied to identify themes.

What emerged from the narratives about seeking support were accounts of people feeling both supported and failed in their faith community. The results are presented as an interpretation of the participants’ perceptions of their experience of growing older in relation to being supported in the community of faith.

This presentation considers the culture of support and how communities of faith may need to reconsider traditional ways of meeting the needs of people as they age.

  • 2.30pm - 3.00pm: Afternoon tea provided
  • 3.00pm - 4:30pm: Concurrent Workshop sessions
  • 6.30pm - late: Conference Dinner

Last updated 12 September 2019