Great success at Faith for life seminars

Together, Reverend Professor John Swinton from the University of Aberdeen, and Dementia Consultants and specialist Pastoral Carers from HammondCare unlocked the topic of memory and worship during the Faith for life seminars.

2019 Faith for life seminars: Memory, Worship and Dementia

The number of Australians who have a diagnosis of dementia is growing steadily. Indeed dementia is a leading cause of death in this country. So, it ought to be no surprise that churches and individuals are keen to better understand, connect with, and care for loved ones and those in their community who are living with dementia.

The 2019 Faith for life seminars tackled the areas of memory and worship and featured the Reverend Professor John Swinton from the University of Aberdeen, ably supported by Dementia Consultants and specialist Pastoral Carers from HammondCare.

The seminars were well attended with over 400 people travelling from as far as Melbourne VIC and Alstonville NSW to hear John and the team. But of course there are many who could not attend in person and have expressed interest in getting access to the content somehow.

To that end (with the kind assistance of St Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral) we recorded both teaching sessions at our final event and have made the recordings available.

Listen to Recording one

Listen to Recording two

For those who did attend, you might like to listen again, or forward a link of the recordings to family, friends or colleagues.

And if you didn’t get the chance to pick up your Faith for life resources, they are available online here.

“The Seminar was so worth going too. I know from talking to folk we all gained so much knowledge and ideas to implement in our dealing with dementia.” – Seminar attendee

Keynote Presenters

Professor John Swinton, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
In addition to his work as in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, John is an ordained minister, who for more than a decade worked as a registered mental health nurse. John is the author of a number of books and publications and is the series editor for the highly regarded Faith for life series, a one-of-a-kind faith resource for people living with dementia.


Revered Andrew Nixon
Andrew is the Head of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services at HammondCare, a team of dedicated Pastoral Care Coordinators and over 1000 volunteers. Andrew is a part of the joint HammondCare and Bible Society Australia team who developed the Faith for life resources.


Joanna Garcia
Joanna trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist prior to specialising in dementia care. She currently works at HammondCare as a Dementia Consultant. She explores dementia and worship and the special role of music.


Liz Fuggle
Liz is a qualified architect who has trained and worked in the dementia design realm. She is a Dementia Consultant and member of the design team at HammondCare. Liz thinks with us about dementia and worship and space.


Lois Haultain
Lois is a Senior Pastoral Care Coordinator at HammondCare leading a team of pastoral staff and volunteers who work in specialist dementia cottages. She was part of the team who researched and trialled the Faith for life materials.