Day 2 - Tuesday 29 October

Location: Old Parliament House

Morning session

  • 8.30 - 8:45 am Morning Reflections
  • 8.45am: Welcome
  • 9:00am - 10.00am: Keynote 3:
Keynote 3 sponsored byKeynote
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Rev Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay "Ageing and frailty: a spiritual perspective of the lived experience"


Frailty awaits many of us if we live long enough. Is it to be feared, denied or eliminated from life experience? How are we to face it? What choices do we have as we move into this stage of life? Frailty may often be seen as a precursor to the process of dying and as such can be a confronting life and death challenge. One that we can not fully comprehend until or unless we are experiencing it ourselves.
But what is the experience really like, from the inside, for those making the final life journey? Can frailty be prevented? Is it an important component of the whole life experience? It is very difficult for those on the ‘outside’ to know and it is only through listening to the narrative of those making these final life journeys that we can learn, first what the experience is like, find commonalities and differences in the experience and then to begin to learn how we may more effectively walk beside those who are making this crucial final life journey. This paper, based on recent study of the lived experience of frail older people, explores the experience of frail people in residential care. The paper attempts to speak to their stories and to examine what we as loved ones and carers can learn to improve the experience.
  • 10.00am - 10.30am: Morning tea provided
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm: Plenaries
10:30 to 11:00am Paul Bongiorno AM, Australian political journalist and commentator Royal Commission into Aged Care
11:00am to 11:30am Ilsa Hampton, CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia New Aged Care Quality Standards for Australia
11:30am to 12:00pm Associate Professor Rev Andrew Cameron, St Mark's National Theological Centre Spiritual care in a secular age: its risks and rewards.
  • 12.00pm - 1:00pm Concurrent Paper Sessions
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm: Lunch provided and poster presenters

Afternoon session

  • 2.00pm - 3.00pm: Keynote 4:
Keynote 4 sponsored byKeynote
Catholic Healthcare 

Professor Kalyani Mehta "The universality of spiritual pursuits"

Different cultures have variety of terminology for ‘meaning of life’, but the essence of spirituality is universal. This is particularly reflected in gerontological literature on the aging process.  The search for a purpose of life occupies all human beings especially towards the later part of their lives, and this enhances positive adjustment and preparation for the end of life.

  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm: Afternoon tea provided
  • 3.30pm - 5:00pm: Concurrent Workshop sessions

Last updated 12 September 2019