Today, Spiritual Health Association stands at a crucial juncture where our ability to ensure inclusive, consistent, quality and safe spiritual care in healthcare is at risk. With the loss of our government funding, from $1.35 million to $0, we face the stark possibility of ceasing our operations as an organisation after 30th June 2024. This funding loss not only threatens the delivery of faith-specific care but also jeopardises the high standard of holistic healthcare that Victoria is renowned for.
Your support is crucial in maintaining SHA's vital services and upholding a healthcare system that values every aspect of patient care, including spiritual wellbeing. We invite you to send a letter to your local MP and share your experiences and thoughts about the far-reaching implications of the government's decision to cease SHA's funding.
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, Tess Marotta and Betty Do. The committee is led by SHA's Mental Health Leader, Jenny Greenham.
Spiritual Health Association provides representation at:
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.