ACU experts host children's health and spirituality conference

Friday, 18 January 2008

Ballarat, 18 January 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) is bringing together over 130 international experts for a major conference on the role of spirituality in children's health and education next week at its Ballarat Campus (Aquinas).

The Eighth International Conference on Children's Spirituality will serve as a forum for presenting and discussing new research on the role of spirituality, education and health in the lives of young people.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Gabrielle McMullen said the conference is an opportunity for educators, health experts and others who work with youth to consider diverse perspectives and practical models of spirituality and related educational approaches.

"This conference brings together many renowned scholars to explore issues, successful practice and innovative approaches for creating healthy and nurturing environments that promote spirituality and wellbeing in children and adolescents," said Professor McMullen.  

"The conference theme regarding the role of spirituality in health and education is an important and necessary one. The spiritual dimension of children's lives is too rarely addressed in academic study," she added.

Conference papers address topics such as global responses to youth spirituality, happiness, inter-faith dialogue, educators' attitudes and new approaches to teaching spirituality. The results from a number of broad-based national studies on Australian youth attitudes towards spirituality will also be presented.

The Eighth International Conference on Children's Spirituality runs from Sunday 20 January to Thursday 24 January at ACU's Ballarat Campus.

Full details and conference paper abstracts are available online through