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 and Rev. Dr Alan Niven from Stirling Theological College. Many centres around Australia with a focus on human ageing concentrate on different aspects of 'active' ageing - the 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.
 
Following the appointment of Ms Michelle Eastwood as research assistant it has been possible to gather electronically detailed bibliographies in all four strands of our research. Work has begun on four bibliographical essays which will map the literature and will provide a springboard for subsequent research, publication and education initiatives. The process of developing a Master in Ageing  has already commenced and will complement the current delivery of the Graduate Certificate in Ageing.
 
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 the formal establishment of the Centre for Human Ageing as a university centre in late 2019. An immediate step in this process will entail engaging with the colleges of the university and aged care providers with the purpose of developing a network of interested parties. From this network of stakeholders it will be possible to propose membership of the board of governance of the centre. In addition to this, six focus groups over the next year will explore public policy issues in ageing and educational requirements as they relate to the four foundational themes that underpin the project. Finally, a constitution and board of governance will structure the future public outreach of the Centre for Human Ageing.
 
   
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)