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International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
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Peter Archer

Senior Pastoral Care Coordinator - HammondCareAustralia
Professional Bio
Peter spent many years working in Australian Indigenous communities with the Baptist Church, and then focussed on humanitarian justice issues and partnerships through World Vision Australia, an ecumenical Christian non-governmental organisation.  

In 2015 he commenced as a Pastoral Care Coordinator at HammondCare ministering with people experiencing advanced dementia. Pastoral Care in HammondCare focusses on the emotional and spiritual well-being, attending to those things which bring hope, purpose, joy and beauty, to a person's life. Pastoral Care is provides for the people in our care, their family and friends, as well as staff. 

Peter is working towards a PhD through the University of Aberdeen under the supervision of Professor John Swinton. His area of interest is communal Christian worship and the experience of advanced dementia. His research is exploring ways to enable people living with dementia (PLWD), in a residential care setting, to more effectively relate with God and other people as they gather together for Christian worship. The research is also aiming to identify attributes of the pastoral carer which constructively contribute to the faithful practice of Christian worship, the nurturing of community, and the well-being of PLWD.

Peter is an ordained minister with the Baptist Churches in NSW. He is married to Joanne. They have two adult children.

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