Centre for Human Ageing
Catholic Theological College is currently working towards establishing a Centre for Human Ageing under the direction of Rev. Dr Laurence McNamara CM Catholic Theological College and Rev. Dr Alan Niven from Stirling Theological College. Ms Michelle Eastwood is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the project. Many centres around Australia which focus on human ageing concentrate on different aspects of 'active' ageing -  physical, psychological, and social factors which influence the lives of ageing persons.
 
The Centre, located at Catholic Theological College, will study human ageing from four perspectives: theology, spirituality, pastoral care and ethics. This is a unique undertaking in Australia and, as far as can be ascertained, has no equivalent overseas.
 
In 2018 the University of Divinity accepted "human ageing" as a new goal in its Strategic Plan. The goal is to be known as the "Human Ageing Project" until such time as the Centre for Human Ageing is established as a university Centre.
 
During 2019-2020 publication of bibliographical literature reviews will be completed as a basis for future research. The Centre has also initiated two collaborative research projects, on focusing on quality of palliative care, the other on socialisation of ageing persons in a local government area. The third cohort of students studying for the Graduate Certificated in Ageing (for more information, see page 268 of the Handbook) commences in the second semester of 2020. 
 
Enquiries: (03) 9412 3333
centreforageing@ctc.edu.au
 
   
Rev. Dr Laurence McNamara CM
MLitt (Oxon) STL (Greg)
PhD (Adel)
DipEd (Melb) DipMin (MCD)
BA(Hons) (Leeds)
BD (MCD) MSocSc (ACU) PhD (ACU) 
 
BA (Deakin) GDE (Ballarat) MEd (Deakin) 
MA (UD)