Current Projects

Spiritual Health Association advocates and promotes compassionate, person-centred spiritual care in health services. We initiate and participate in a number of quality improvement projects and in research in the healthcare sector, enabling best practice and contributing to overall health and well-being. We collaborate with practitioners, health services, government departments, universities and other agencies to achieve quality, innovative and compassionate spiritual care.

Our projects enable health practitioners to deliver person-centred services. We value working with the sector to achieve these goals. Spiritual Health Association shares knowledge and evidence of best practice nationally and internationally to enhance the provision of spiritual care on a global level.

Care Health and Spirituality Study

Spiritual Health Association is seeking to understand and communicate the benefits of care that looks after the spiritual needs of individuals in hospitals.

SHA has engaged research and communications specialists McCrindle to conduct Australian research into how Australians communicate about spirituality, their experiences of spiritual care and their thoughts about spiritual care in health. 

McCrindle has conducted faith and belief studies in Australia and New Zealand and will draw on their existing understanding of global trends and specialisation in spirituality research to deliver data-driven insights and key recommendations for SHA. 

Key to this research is understanding the role of care in the hospitals of the future, knowing what planning and training is required for the future workforce and the overall benefits of spirituality to individuals, societies and organisations.

McCrindle have conducted four focus groups and an Australia-wide survey with 2,501 respondents as part of this research. A final report is due in December 2021.

Literature Review

The purpose of the 2022 literature review is to inform the co-design process for a nationally consistent approach to providing spiritual care in an Australian professional health care setting.  

The review will the answer the following questions:  

  • What are the reported models of spiritual care?
  • What are the elements that make up a best practice model? (Including employment structures; staffing and workforce considerations; organisational structure)
  • What do best spiritual care practices/interventions look like?

Spiritual Care Practitioner and researcher Michelle Morgan has been engaged as a consultant to conduct the literature review of best practice models of spiritual care and produce a report by the end of March 2022.

Resources and Tools for Implementing the Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care in Health

Resources and tools are available to support the implementation of the Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care in Health. 

These include: 

Spirituality and Diversity Discussions: A partnership with the Victoria Transcultural Mental Health 

SHA wrapped up a successful second year of the program, facilitating a reflective practice program in partnership with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH). 

SHA and VTMH ran two online series of six sessions for mental health workers in peer, clinical, and community settings in 2020.

This second series focussed on personal and professional responses and challenges to living through a pandemic.

The first series concentrated on how to incorporate spirituality and spiritual care into everyday practice.