2021 Conference with a focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing

We are pleased to present to you details of our 2021 Chaplaincy Conference!

This will be Chaplaincy Australia’s 20th Conference which will make it a special celebration!

Following our very successful move to Terrigal in 2019 we had so much positive feedback which was fantastic and so we have decided to return again in 2021.

Terrigal Beach is such a great location for a time of refreshing, equipping, being inspired and networking. With the conference, workshops and
accommodation all in one place, you really can unwind and relax. Early
morning walks on the beach or coffee in one of the many beach side cafes will
be just some of the opportunities on offer. All this as well as investing in your
own personal growth and hearing about some of the latest developments in
chaplaincy for now and the future.

As always we will have some very exciting new initiatives to share with you.
Taking time out to care for yourself and be replenished is so important, and it is
essential when you are caring for others…
We would love for you to join us!

CA NSW/ACT State Director

Chaplaincy Conference

Our 2021 conference has a focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing.  We will be exploring, building and adjusting our understanding of this complex and challenging area to make sure that we are all seeing the opportunities to provide support and greater understanding to those in need as well as looking after ourselves in the process.  

The sessions will be very practical and helpful for chaplains and all Pastoral Carers as we explore current thinking and methodologies for providing the best care possible.   

Many of the 26 different chaplaincy sectors will be highlighted and I’m sure you will be moved by hearing the incredible stories of these chaplains on the ground.  

Conference Expo

During the conference there will be an expo which will highlight many of the chaplaincy ministries across NSW/ACT as well as many valuable resources and training opportunities.  

If you would like to find out about having an expo table or about sponsorship follow the link below…

Professional Development Workshops

We are adding pre and post conference workshops to give you more professional development options.  These workshops will cover some important areas that have been frequently asked for, (we will be finalising these topics in the next few months) 

These workshops are suitable not only for chaplains but for anyone in the helping professions who would like to be better equipped to provide support while staying in their role. Make sure you also register for these.

Our 2021 Conference Speakers

Rev Dr Stephen Robinson

Rev Dr Stephen Robinson

Coordinator NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network

Stephen has been the coordinator of the DRCN since its inception and we have had a close partnership with them for many years. 

Many of our Chaplaincy Australia Chaplains are part of the DRCN and have received this specific training and been deployed to various disaster situations.  Stephen is really leading the way in Australia in this area and has had years of experience both nationally and internationally in emergency and disaster response. 

Stephen is also a Uniting Church Minister and his book “Ministry in Disaster Settings:  Lessons from the Edge” is based on interviews with ministry agents who cared for their communities during and after major tragedies. 

We are looking forward to hearing him speak about the future of chaplaincy in relation to disaster recovery

Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

National Supervision Director Chaplaincy Australia

Susan has been involved in Chaplaincy Australia for the past 10 years.

Her experience in chaplaincy includes hospitals, emergency services and disaster response.

Susan is passionate about people being well trained to provide quality empathic care and support, and for people to engage in transformational learning.

Susan is an ordained ACC Minister and a Professional/ Pastoral Supervisor with Australasian Association of Supervision.

Susan is an experienced Professional/Pastoral Supervisor, a recognised Supervisor/Supervisor Trainer with Australasian Association of Supervision (AAOS) and a member of Transforming Practices. She is also a Board Member, Membership Coordinator and Chair of Training Standards for AAOS.

Susan specializes in the provision of supervision to supervisors, pastors, leaders, chaplains and pastoral carers as well as allied health professionals.

Susan is also an advocate and researcher in the area of supervision with a passion to see all those in the helping professions receive quality non-judgmental confidential support, and engage in transformational learning.

Chaplain Ralph Estherby

Chaplain Ralph Estherby

National Director Chaplaincy Australia

has been involved in Chaplaincy Ministry since 1995 He currently oversees and supports the outstanding and selfless work of Chaplains around Australia.    

Ralph is a gifted communicator and a passionate leader who believes that Christ has answers for every life and that true fulfillment can only be found in Him. He passionately believes that Chaplains have the potential and capacity to impact every sector of Australian Society. 

Ralph serves as a Co-ordinating Chaplain in the Australian Army, caring for and serving the members of the Australian Defence Force and is responsible for recruiting new Pentecostal Chaplains to the ADF and their ongoing support.

Ralph and his wife Narelle have been in Pastoral Ministry since 1990 including 28 years as Senior Pastors in Hornsby.  His broad experience and his exposure to both Pastoral and Chaplaincy ministry roles equip him to be a resource to those seeking to explore and expand their influence in meeting the needs of their community.  

He is passionate to see carers receive the care they need to continue to offer the care our community deserves. 

Conference Program



Thursday 2 September 2021

1.00pm – 4.30pm – Pre Conference – Professional Development

Workshop #1 – Recognising and Managing Triggers, Transference and Vicarious Trauma.

Presenter:  Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

Workshop #2 – The Chaplain’s Response to PTSD and Moral Injury.

Presenter:  Chaplain Ralph Estherby


5.30pm Conference Registrations & Expo open

7.00pm– 9.00pm  Conference Session 1

9.00pm – 10pm Supper (included) Expo open

Friday 3 September 2021

8.00am Registrations & Expo open

9.00am– 10.30am  Conference Session 2

10.30amMorning Tea (included) Expo open

11.00am– 12.30pm Conference Session 3

12.30pm – 1.30pm Full Buffet Lunch – Seasalt Restaurant (included) Expo open

1.30pm– 3.00pm Conference Session 4

3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea  (included) Expo open

3.30pm– 5.00pm  Conference Session 5

Full participation Thurs night/Friday conference provides 7 hours professional development.

Saturday 4 September 2021

9.30am – 1.00pm – Post Conference Professional Development 

Workshop #1 – Recognising and Managing Triggers, Transference and Vicarious Trauma.

Presenter:  Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

Workshop #2 – The Chaplain’s Response to PTSD and Moral Injury.

Presenter:  Chaplain Ralph Estherby

Full participation provides 3 hours professional development.


Venue:  Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific,

Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW 2260 



Please note accommodation is not included in conference or workshop registrations

 Crown Plaza Terrigal has offered a special conference rate for single, double and twin rooms for Chaplaincy Australia Conference delegates.  One full buffet breakfast is included.  Book directly with the hotel and mention Chaplaincy Australia.

Terrigal also has many other great accommodation options within walking distance at varying prices. 

 If you need any more information please contact us [email protected]

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