Spiritual Health Association recognises that these are challenging and uncertain times as we continue living through the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that spiritual care makes an essential contribution to compassionate, person-centred care and this aspect of care continues to be important as patients, carers and staff experience ongoing changes.
Below is a list of our resources to support the provision of high quality spiritual care:
General health and mental health resources
Australian Government Department of Health - for latest general information
Australian Government Department of Health
Vic Health – Mental Wellbeing Resources in Covid times
Mental wellbeing resources about coronavirus (vichealth.vic.gov.au)
Mental Health self-isolation tips for patients
Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation and self-isolation guide created by a Mental Health Spiritual Care practitioner.
A guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Victorian Coronavirus hotline is 1800 675 398 (24 hours).
Resources for providing Spiritual Care
Check out Calm’s free resource page with meditations, stories, music, talks and more to support your mental and emotional wellness.
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab and Transforming Chaplaincy.
Listen to a one-hour webinar Pandemic Ethics: What Healthcare Chaplains need to know.
Occupational Medicine Journal
COVID-19 and experiences of moral injury in front-line key workers in Occupational Medicine. Read the editorial.
Phoenix Australia (the Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health) fact sheets
A guide to moral injury
Faith and Belief resources
Spirituality and Practice
A Pandemic Alphabet: Applying the spiritual alphabet of practices to pandemic concerns and activities.
Humanitarian Disaster institute
Spiritual First Aid: Resources for Responding to COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges | CT Creative Studio (christianitytoday.com)
Harvard Divinity School – USA
Spiritual Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Harvard Divinity School
Meaningful Ageing Australia
COVID-19 Bundled Resource Package (Members only)
End of Life Essentials - Facilitating goodbyes or critical conversations via personal electronic devices
Laptops, tablets, smart phones or personal electronic devices are being used to replace face to face contact when the risks of cross infection are high or when family and friends are far away. These calls or contact via personal electronic devices at critical times of life, such as when a patient is seriously ill or at the end of life require a planned approach for safe compassionate care. Read the practical advice.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB)
Resources for those in aged care experiencing grief, for supporting others in aged care who are experiencing grief and for practitioners in aged care.
What's Your Grief
Resources for those experiencing grief, for supporting others who are experiencing grief and for practitioners.
Covid Communication Skills - a playbook of tips
Princess Alice Hospice
Be COVID-19 communication ready: staff poster
Other International resources
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Healthcare Chaplaincy Network:
Prof. Simon Peng-Keller (University of Zurich)
Association of Professional Chaplains
National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)