Lutheran Aged-Care and Community Services Governance Dialogue
This dialogue is a 2017 national project of the Lutheran Church of Australia. It is discussing governance arrangements in Lutheran aged-care and community services. The intent of the dialogue is to strengthen and build on the rich history of service provided by Lutheran aged-care and community services across Australia.
Ministry with the Ageing
Our vision is seeing care for the ageing as a significant and flourishing ministry of the church.
Ministry with the Ageing is one of five departments in the Local Mission office. Partnering with us in mission are:
How we serve
The Committee for Ministry with the Ageing (CMA) – formerly Board for Lutheran Aged Care Australia – is a committee of the LCA Board for Local Mission. It acts as an advisory body whose main aims are to:
- provide advice, act as a point of reference, monitor, and report to the LCA Board for Local Mission on ministry with the ageing issues
- facilitate communication with all Lutheran agencies to generate awareness and active engagement in ministry with the ageing
- represent the views of the LCA, including Lutheran aged-care organisations, to government on ageing related issues, and communicate with government on their behalf.
To that end, CMA develops policies, proposals and opportunities for ministry with the ageing in congregations and Lutheran aged-care facilities, which provides benefits in pastoral care, staff training and recruitment, and the general sharing and networking of resources at the national level and from a national perspective.
In addition, CMA provides opportunities for Lutheran facilities and services to be part of the aged-care discussion at the national level. Lutheran facilities and services represent a significant proportion of the aged-care sector and are thus able to join with other organisations to lobby governments for changes in legislation that will determine a more positive future for the elderly. CMA has two representatives on the National Aged Care Alliance, which is a representative body of peak national organisations in aged care, including consumer groups, providers, unions and health professionals.
Scholarships in Ministry for the Ageing
In 2012 a scholarship scheme was established for all pastoral carers working in Lutheran aged-care facilities was established. It was for those people already ministering in this specialised area of pastoral care, those wishing to enter it and those wanting to undertake research or create innovative resources. Since the scheme was established, we have broadened the criteria for eligibility and invite all those involved in ministry with the ageing to apply for funding that will support them in their training and in resourcing their ministry.
Click here to download the application form.
'Ministry with Seniors'
– a valuable resource for anyone caring for seniors; download here
– produced in conjunction with Lutheran Media; visit webpage
The Committee for Ministry with the Ageing, on behalf of the LCA, responded to the Australian Government’s Elder Abuse discussion paper. See the LCA submission here.
Papers from Lutheran Aged Care Conference 2012
- Care Transitions – Rehabilitation and Wellness Focus in Residential Care: Jo Boylan-Marsland, ACH Group
- Care Transitions – Palliative Care - Choice and Decision Making: Joy Nugent, Director of NurseLink
- Care Transitions – Palliative Care: Holistic Assessment and Care Planning: Yasmine Ruyssen, LHI Glynde, SA
- Social Networking and Telehealth – New Ways of Communicating: Mark Barnett, Australian Telehealth Network
- Staff Transitions – Holistic Development of Staff: Michael Dutschke, Delta Formation and Development
- Role Diversity for Chaplaincy: Pastor Gordon Wegener, Victorian District Hospital Chaplain Services & Witness Representative