Spiritual Health Association advocates for spiritual care as an integral part of healthcare in a variety of ways including calls to action, conference presentations, membership of committees and preparation of submissions and feedback to relevant consultations. 

May 2023 Budget Submission

SHA is advocating for investment in spiritual care in the health sector in the 2023/24 Federal Budget to expand the availability and accessibility of spiritual care as an integral part of safe, high-quality holistic healthcare.

Read the full document.

Spiritual Health Lived Experience Advisory Committee (SHLEAC)

SHLEAC formed in June 2021 to raise awareness through leadership, education and consultation of the need, importance, and place of spiritual care in mental health care. SHLEAC will achieve this by contributing to the Victorian Mental Health Reform process via the principles of co-design and co-production.

As the host organisation, Spiritual Health Association welcomes the expertise and guidance from the advisory committee members Evan Bichara, Maria Dimopoulous and Kevin Treloar. The committee is led by SHA's Mental Health Leader, Jenny Greenham.

View the SHLEAC Vision and Statement of Purpose.

Panels, Councils and Committees

Spiritual Health Association provides representation at: 

  • Allied Health Professionals Australia member collaboratives/forums
  • Centre for Mental Health Learning
  • Joint Research Council (International)
  • Palliative Care Australia National Expert Advisory Panel
  • Palliative Care Queensland - Peaks Collaboration
  • Peer Specialists Research Steering Committee - Spirituality (International)
  • Spiritual Care Australia Certification Reference Group
  • Victorian Mental Health Policy Network
  • Victorian Transcultural Mental Health reference group

Read more about SHA's advocacy work in the 2021-2022 Annual Report.