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Upcoming Mary Pope Lecture on Monday 24th October

21 Sep 2022

If you are interested in how spirituality contributes to ageing well and also caring well, then this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Join us as we explore how our spiritual and religious beliefs and practices influence how well we age and how we provide care to elderly members of society.

Monday 24th October, 2022

Venue: Whitley College, St Paschal, 90 Albion Rd, Box Hill, VIC 3128
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.45 pm.
Join us from 5pm for refreshments and conversation.


Our celebrated lecturer for the evening, Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer will do a deep dive into the public health perspectives, paying close attention to the following questions and themes:

  • What is distinctive about a public health approach to healthy ageing?
  • Are religious and spiritual beliefs and practices linked to healthy ageing?
  • Compassionate communities and spiritual care for elders
  • Inequity and spiritual care for elders – towards just ageing
  • When might a public health perspective indicate that spiritual care is perilously close to elder abuse?

Rev. Dr Chris Swift will also contribute insightful responses on the night.

Join us in person or via zoom.

Zoom details will be sent to you before the event.

We invite those who are attending in person to join us from 5pm for refreshments and conversation.
Tickets for this option close on Monday 20th October.

Don’t miss out!


We look forward to seeing you there!


Learn more about our presenters

Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer is the Head of the School of Health and Society at the University of Wollongong and Professorial Fellow at the Australian Centre for Health Engagement, Evidence and Values (ACHEEV). Annette is an empirical bioethicist with particular expertise in the use of deliberative methods of engagement with communities. Her current research spans ethical and socially acceptable use of big data in healthcare, vaccination policy and programs, and culturally safe care for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Annette also chairs Human Research Ethics Committees for the South Australian Department of Health and Wellbeing and Bellberry and she is a member of Council of the University of Divinity.

Rev. Dr Chris Swift is the director at Methodist Homes (MHA), an Anglican priest and associate presbyter in the Methodist Church. At MHA he provides spiritual leadership for the organisation and works with 140 chaplains to develop the work of spiritual and pastoral care. As a director, Chris served as a gold commander at MHA during the COVID-19 pandemic, co-ordinating the charity’s response to the biggest challenge of its 78 year history. Chris continues to be an active researcher and author and in 2019 was made a Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University in pastoral, religious and spiritual care.

For more information please contact us.