Kim THODAY, EDUCATOR, MEANINGFUL AGEING AUSTRALIA

Session: 
Day 2, 11:00am – 11:30am – “Isn’t is just about religion?” new films to unlock understanding about spirituality in the Quality Standards

Abstract:
The Australian government has now included integrated spiritual care in the Quality Standards, and yet the majority of people in the aged care workforce do not understand that spirituality is more than religion, and many are not comfortable talking about spirituality with older people or know how to include it in care planning. Meaningful Ageing Australia has been commissioned by the Department of Health to produce a series of short films to help address this challenge. This session will showcase the five new films, and give participants an opportunity to experience some practical examples of how to successfully engage staff in these new requirements based on our work with hundreds of staff across Australia.

Kim Thoday - photo

Biography:
BA, BTheol, Dip.Min (Honours), MA (Research), JP. Kim has worked with Meaningful Ageing as one of our most highly regarded educators since 2017; and as a residential care spiritual care practitioner in SA since 2010. Kim is also a serving chaplain with the RAAF and was a police chaplain for over ten years. Kim has wide-ranging experience as a spiritual care supervisor, key-note speaker and conference presenter. Kim is currently working on a PhD through the department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University.