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Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Friday, 1 September 2017, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Selwyn Village theatre, 43 Target St, Point Chevalier, Auckland


7.30am Registration, tea and coffee in the Selwyn Village Theatre

Mihi / Welcome - Kahu Pou 

Devotion of welcome - Lucy Nguyen, Chaplain, The Selwyn Foundation

Opening address - Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts, GM The Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality


Dr Richard Egan (Otago University)

Setting the scene: What's happening with spirituality and healthcare?

10.00am Morning tea

Dr Wendy Wrapson and Marlies Dorrestein (Auckland University of Technology)

The impact of mindfulness training on residential aged care staff


Cyrene Gaillard

Arts therapy in an aged care setting


Gillian Gladstone

The use or InterRai data as an indicator of how well we meet the spiritual needs of residents in our care

12.00pm Lunch

Prof Bruce Stevens (Charles Sturt University, Canberra)

Life tasks: Towards a positive model for ageing


Lucy Nguyen (Chaplain, The Selwyn Foundation)

Chaplaincy: A practical application of spiritual leadership in residential care (results of a staff survey)

2.10pm Afternoon tea

Prof Bruce Stevens (Charles Sturt University, Canberra)

The self-compassionate chaplain: Escaping the self-esteem trap


The Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon KNZM (Archbishop Emeritus)

Spiritual leadership 

4.15pm Closing address 
Spiritual leadership in aged care

A study of spiritual icons, Pope Francis and the late Maori Queen Te Arikinui Te Atairangikahu, and an analysis of opportunities for healthy and life-giving spirituality in the third age will be discussed by Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon KNZM, who will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Ageing and Spirituality conference, hosted by The Selwyn Foundation’s Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality.

Delegates at this unique and inspirational conference will enjoy a full-day’s programme of thought-provoking presentations on the theme of ‘Spiritual Leadership in Aged Care’ by an exciting line-up of acclaimed speakers from both New Zealand and Australia.

Speaking on ‘Spiritual leadership’, Archbishop Moxon will draw on his experiences as former Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and his current role as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and Director of The Anglican Centre in Rome.

‘As I enter life's last quarter myself, I am very grateful for the opportunity to share in what will be a remarkable day of reflection, sharing and discovery together,’ says Archbishop Moxon.

The annual conference, with its focus on ageing and spirituality, is unique in New Zealand and looks at spirituality in the broadest sense of the term. It will be of interest to older people, health and aged-care workers, chaplains and pastoral caregivers, members of religious organisations, students and academics, and anyone involved in caring for older people.

General Manager of The Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality, Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts, says:

‘Spirituality is a core dimension of wellbeing. Our conference goes beyond religion and looks at the many other aspects of spirituality that are meaningful to the older person. 

‘Our focus is on improving the quality of our interactions with others and helping people to age well. Spirituality forms part of a journey of wellbeing and is an essential part of ageing well.’

If you have any queries please contact selwyninstitute@selwyncare.org.nz or call (09) 849 9245

Payment options

When making payment please include reference codes: Your name | SEP2017 | AASC

Direct payments can be made to The Selwyn Foundation bank account 02 0184 0256608 002

Cheques can be made payable to The Selwyn Foundation and posted to The Selwyn Foundation, PO Box 8203, Symonds St, Auckland 1150

Selwyn Village Theatre

43 Target St, Point Chevalier, Auckland

We are most grateful for the support of our 2017 sponsors and donors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donor for the 2017 Ageing and Spirituality Conference please contact us at selwyninstitute@selwyncare.org.nz