Ageing With Expectation (AWE)

AWE explores ideas on how ageing individuals can increase resilience and life satisfaction through everyday actions.

We invite you to join us each month as we uncover how we can all live the latter part of our lives with more passion and enjoyment.


The Ageing With Expectation (AWE) Group was founded by Emeritus Professor Francis Macnab AM who specialised in coping with the stresses and anxieties of ageing and helping adults become more adaptive in their later years.

Prof Kathryn von Treuer, from the Cairnmillar Institute, in partnership with Rev. Dr. Steven Koski, from the First Presbyterian Church in Bend, Oregon, USA, are delighted to continue the AWE group with honour to Emeritus Professor Francis Macnab AM - May his rich legacy continue.

Dr Macnab's book Ageing Well is available for $20 plus postage, by emailing: [email protected]

"Excellent presentation. Thank you for the beginning of something that will help people get the best out of life." - Participant

"Thank you, thoroughly worthwhile and we need to be reminded of these good moments and in our life." - Participant

"Today's [November] AWE presentation was content rich, energising and spiced with a good dose of humour." - Participant

Join the awe group

We welcome you to join our AWE community by subscribing to our monthly invitations. Group sessions are free to join and are held online on the first Thursday of the month, from 1pm until 1.45pm Melbourne time. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming sessions.


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February 2023

The Science of Spirituality​

Join us on Thursday 1st February 2024 for our next AWE Group. Subscribe to our monthly invitations by registering your details to [email protected].

December 2023

Staying Connected (And Sane!) Over The Holiday Period!

During the holiday season, our calm and measured demeanor can unintentionally give way to rising stress levels and cracks in relationships. This video provides practical suggestions on fostering meaningful relationships and enhancing our sense of connection.

November 2023

The courage to claim your unlived life

Rev. Dr. Steven Koski and Prof. Kathryn von Treuer offers five suggestions to guide you towards a deeper sense of wholeness and a fuller, more vibrant life.

September 2023

Helping yourself and helping others with memory.

Special guest, Associate Professor Alex Bahar-Fuchs, goes into detail of the numerous techniques to sustain and improve memory and cognition in older age.

August 2023

How to manage conflict in relationships.

Rev. Dr. Steven Koski and Prof. Kathryn von Treuer discuss how to manage conflict in relationships and how we can change our lives, and the world, one brave conversation at a time.

July 2023

Bliss: What does bliss look like as you age?

Applicable to all ages, Rev. Dr. Steven Koski and Prof. Kathryn von Treuer discuss what bliss is and the ways we can all find our bliss.

Let us know your thoughts

We welcome your feedback on our group recordings via our online survey. Your answers are collected anonymously in order to monitor and improve our sessions. If there are any topics you would like us to present in the future, please include this in your survey response.