The Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies (CAPS) was established in 2001 to support research, education and policy development in ageing, pastoral studies and related ethical issues. Since then CAPS has developed:
- a graduate teaching program
- an active program of research and publications
- a biennial conference
- national and international academic links
- strong relationships with the aged care industry, including the newly launched industry body Meaningful Ageing Australia.
CAPS is multidisciplinary, catering to the needs of health professionals, ministers of religion, pastoral workers and older people. It seeks to examine the process of ageing within the context of meaning in life and well-being. It operates within a Christian ethos in an ecumenical and university setting.
A particular objective of CAPS is to undertake research in ageing and theology which has practical implications for the well-being and care of older people. Thus its focus is on the translation of research into practice, improving practice and achieving quality outcomes for older people.