NSW/ACT Chaplaincy Conference

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Caring for the Carer

Inspiration, Networking and Professional Development

a key opportunity to build your Chaplaincy capacity. 

We are excited to extend an invitation to you to attend our 2018 Chaplaincy Australia NSW/ACT Conference.  

Those in the helping professions constantly give out to others, this is an opportunity for YOU to be refreshed, inspired and cared for!

Continuing professional development is essential for chaplains, our speakers will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiration to you as you seek to develop in your Chaplaincy role.  The conference is also a great opportunity to give an update on where we are now, where we want to go and how we are going to get there.  We look forward to seeing you at the conference!                                         

Ps Susan Marcuccio

Our 2018 Conference Speakers

Dr Rebecca Loundar

Dr Rebecca Loundar

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

has been a practising psychologist for the past 20 years. She currently works in private practice and is the Program Director for Social Sciences at Alphacrucis College.

Dr Loundar has a broad range of experience working with individuals and groups, in a variety of settings including clinical and community (including not for profit) based psychology services, education facilities and corporate environments. Rebecca has been an active member on different government and community committees, a researcher and provider of clinical consultation and training to psychologists and counsellors. Dr Loundar is regularly called on to speak at conferences and facilitate workshops and training on issues relating to psychological wellbeing including resilience, healthy relationships, treatment interventions and self-care.

Dr Loundar has also worked extensively within the non-profit sector for 20 years, assisting with program development, implementation and review, staff training and resource development for programs supporting people experiencing disadvantage such as homelessness, mental health issues, trauma and domestic and family violence.

Reverend Paul McFarlane

Reverend Paul McFarlane

Senior Chaplain at NSW Ambulance

for the past 6 years, but he has been around Paramedics most of his life.

Paul’s father was a Paramedic, and after leaving school Paul started his career as Enrolled Nurse before training to become a Registered Nurse and working in aged care.

A few years after graduation Paul felt called into the ministry and trained to become an Anglican Minister. He spent 15 years working as a pastor, first in Tamworth and then in the town of Manilla.

In that time Paul also began serving as a volunteer Ambulance Chaplain caring for Paramedics in regional NSW. He has completed a Master’s Degree in Loss and Grief, and in his current role Paul heads up a team of 45 volunteer Chaplains and trains Paramedics in stress management techniques, resilience building and providing grief support to patients and their families.

Paul has also been a Community Ambassador with RU OK? Day since 2013 and is passionate about encouraging people to maintain supportive relationships with friends and colleagues, especially when we are worried about their mental health or wellbeing.

He will be sharing with us from his experience in caring for emergency services workers and the volunteer Ambulance Chaplains in his team.

Pastor Paul Bartlett

Pastor Paul Bartlett

National Community Engagement Leader

Paul Bartlett is the senior pastor of Lighthouse, a thriving church in Wollongong about an hour south of Sydney Australia.

Lighthouse is an innovative church of around 1500 members who meet in three locations along the South Coast of NSW. The church is known around the nation for its strong focus on community engagement. Paul is currently leading a movement called Thanks God It’s Monday (#TGIM) which is also the title of his first book.

This thought provoking book encourages people to live every day with purpose wherever they may find themselves.

Paul is also the Chaplain for Wollongong Hawks NBL basketball team and is the National leader for Community Engagement for the Australian Christian Churches.

He is an impressive public speaker with a genuine passion to see whole communities and individuals lives transformed. He also enjoys working with business professionals, leading them from success to significance, as an Executive Coach through Halftime Australia.

Paul loves fishing and basketball, and has 3 children and a wife Annette.

Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson

Sports Chaplaincy Australia

Hannah Johnson, an executive of Sports Chaplaincy Australia, oversees major event chaplaincy nationally including Commonwealth Games 2018 (managing the Village Multi-Faith Centre & village chaplaincy), Rugby League World Cup 2017 (managing the tournament chaplaincy and delivering the chaplaincy for the women’s world cup), World University Games 2017, Rio Olympics 2016, Cricket World Cup 2015, and Aussie University Games.

She is also the chaplain for Australian University Sports, Sydney Uni Elite athlete Program and many of the different Australian sporting bodies.

Pastor Ralph Estherby

Pastor 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 pioneered the ACC Church in Hornsby in 1990 and together they continue to serve there as Pastors.  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. 


Thursday  6 September 6pm                            

Canapés, networking and a great message


Friday  7 September 9am – 4pm

Professional Development – Day conference  

Venue: The Woolshed, 601 Princess Highway, Yallah, Wollongong



CA Accredited Members  (Discounted)                          $125

Non CA Members                                                             $175



There are several accommodation options in the area

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach has offered a discount for delegates attending the conference – mention Chaplaincy Australia when booking and you will receive a 15% discount.  www.novotel.com/wollongong

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