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Mavis Salt

Research and Resource Officer for Ageing Australia

Masters (Ageing and Pastoral Care studies)

Areas of expertise

   - Empowering older people and Provide support to people living with
     dementia (Diploma of Chaplaincy)
   - Ongoing training for Aged Care Chaplains
   - Spiritual Assessment and Planning for Residential Care
   - Ageing population and ageing issues across the broader Salvation Army

Captain Mavis Salt is the Facilitator and Assessor for Diploma of Chaplaincy.

As a Salvation Army officer, Captain Mavis Salt has had appointments as a Corps Officer, Vocational Course Coordinator at Booth College and five years as Chaplain/Mission Director within Aged Care Plus. Ministering within Chaplaincy, a spiritual care assessment and planning process was begun at Pacific Lodge and in years following, Mavis also had opportunities to present at industry conferences on this as well as teaching Chaplains at Aged Care Plus. She facilitated the development of a Spiritual Care Policy and training resources for Aged Care Plus. Mavis’ current role is Research and Resource Officer for Ageing Australia both within Aged Care Plus and the broader Salvation Army. Mavis is also keen to promote well-being and resilience for all involved in ministry within The Salvation Army as well as multi-generational ministries.

Mavis has recently completed her Masters (Ageing and Pastoral Care studies) and as Research and Resource Officer has provided ongoing relief chaplaincy within Aged Care Plus and leadership at various Chapel services. The final project for her Masters study was a case study of the spiritual assessment and planning process both from resident’s and chaplain’s viewpoints within residential care.

Mavis helped facilitate the inaugural The Salvation Army Eastern Territory conference on Ageing and other ministry needs as well as providing ongoing teaching to Aged Care Chaplains on specifics for ministry such as Leading Dementia Friendly Worship, Death and Dying, Grief and Loss, Reflective Ministry and Sharpening the Focus for Supervision.

She has completed training for teaching Godly Play stories which is of significance for older people with dementia. There are three specific Salvation Army stories on The Mercy Seat, The Flag and Social Justice. These stories will be particularly helpful for retired officers and other Salvationists within care. 

Mavis participated in the inaugural International Older Persons Collaboration network in London in May 2016. She presented sessions on Spiritual Assessment, Care Planning and the Versatility of Ageing and The Salvation Army Response & Support of Older Person’s Spiritual Needs.

Mavis will also be involved in team research with Aged Care Plus and Charles Sturt University on ageing issues. She has also been involved in piloting the draft development of National Spiritual Care Guidelines and providing feedback on the script development of pastoral care training for volunteers through the Aged Care Channel.

Mavis is also part of the leadership team at Manly Corps and the North Side Hub Strategic Team.