Spiritual Health News
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The Spirituality & Diversity Discussion Project is a mental health education initiative between Spiritual Health Association & Victorian Transcultural Mental Health.
Science and love come together.
Now more than ever we know how important it is to support our physical, emotional, social and mental health. But have you ever thought about your spiritual health?
The Spiritual Care Management Network met on 18 May to discuss advocacy and promotion of Spiritual Care within health services.
We are thrilled that our research paper is one of the feature articles in this special issue of The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counselling which focuses on the impact of COVID19 on the provision of spiritual care in the healthcare systems.
Spiritual Health Association welcomes the release of the final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and the commitment of the Victorian Government to implement all the recommendations.
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Spiritual Health Association (SHA) welcomes the appointments of Martin Foley MP as Minister for Health and Deputy Premier James Merlino as Minister for Mental Health.
In recent months, I have read many varied reflections on the impact COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, on our lives.
Spiritual Health Association joins the nation to acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020 and embrace the true history of this country — a history which dates back thousands of generations.
Moral Stress and Moral Injury in Clinical Spiritual Care Context with Reverend Dr. Christopher Turner
As the world contends with the immense pressures of the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical that we support our health care workers who make tremendous contributions under incredibly trying conditions.
At the Spiritual Care Managers’ Network meeting on 22 September, members observed that Covid-19 cases are decreasing in Victoria, and especially Melbourne, improving the situation in health services.
SHA has been undertaking a review of the Capability Framework for Spiritual Care Practitioners in Health 2020. The new version presents several different features, such as a summary one-page table of all the domains and simplified level-descriptions within each domain.
It’s been a bittersweet fortnight at Spiritual Health Association. With much fondness and gratitude, and no small amount of sadness, SHA bids our outgoing Research Leader of seven years, Heather Tan, farewell on her retirement. And, with equal measures of excitement, we’ve welcomed Cuong La to assume the role of Research and Policy Leader.
Spiritual Health Association and Meaningful Ageing Australia present a repeat session with Dr Kate Jones.
Decision-making at the end of life – conversations with people requesting voluntary assisted dying with Professor Margaret O’Connor, AM, Emeritus Professor of Nursing at Monash University.
The journal Health and Social Care Chaplaincy (HSCC) has released a Special Issue on COVID-19, and Kate Eve and Christine Phillips have also written an article of interest offering a narrative review of the systems ensuring safe practice for the Spiritual Care workforce.
We extend a warm welcome to Bendigo Health who became the newest member of Spiritual Health Association in August 2020.
This Draft (For Consultation) Framework clarifies the behaviours and attributes required for spiritual care practitioners in health care. Please send us your feedback via our survey.
Space. Stillness. Silence: A time to pause. Spiritual Health Association is organising a quiet reflection – a safe space to be still, express your thoughts, feelings and prayers, and find a place of peace in these chaotic times. Join us in our virtual space to pause, breathe, and create some quietness. Stay for as short a time or as long a time as you need. Drop in at any time as we hold the space over the two hours.
Is being Aboriginal enough? Aboriginal Spirituality vs Aboriginality — Rev. Glenn Loughrey. 9 September 2020: 09.30am to 11.30am. Register now. Our Professional Development program will be offered via Zoom for the rest of the year. Register for our September program.
We’ve been busy getting key new research papers and chapters published or in press to go online. Quality and Development Leader Christine Hennequin authored a chapter Charting and Documenting Spiritual Care in Health Services: Victoria, Australia in the newly published book Charting Spiritual Care (editors Simon Peng-Keller and David Neuhold).
CEO Cheryl Holmes, Research Leader Heather Tan and SHA Board Member Eleanor Flynn, with six other researchers from the US and Europe, are investigating the impact of COVID19 on the provision of spiritual care in the healthcare systems.
Our efforts to mitigate the impact and uncertainty the Covid-19 pandemic posed for workers in healthcare are gaining momentum and delivering results.
Our Spiritual Calendar for September.
The impact of the second wave of Covid-19 cases in Victoria, and its overall impact on health services, were discussed at a recent Spiritual Care Management Network (SCMN) meeting.
Last week, the Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Network (VMHILN) learned about our success with the Spirituality and Diversity Discussions program.
The objectives of telehealth are to “improve patient outcomes, drive greater efficiency in the way health care is delivered, support the delivery of quality health care across the state and make telehealth a viable alternative to the way some health care is traditionally delivered” (Department of Health 2020).
The Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care were developed to respond to the need to align spiritual care in health with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, 2nd Edition (2017), the National Palliative Care Standards, 5th Edition (2018) and the National Consensus Conference Report: Enhancing Quality and Safety: Spiritual Care in health (2017).
Spiritual Health Association has produced a colourful multifaith religious and cultural events calendar for your use in 2020. This calendar reflects the many major religious and cultural events for the year ahead. Each year we continue to have very positive feedback about this Multifaith resource - feel free to pass it on.
The inaugural Victorian Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Service was held on Tuesday 15 October 2019 at Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton.
The Spiritual Health Association (Spiritual Health) and Spiritual Care Australia (SCA) have undertaken a joint project to identify the process and requirements for certification of spiritual care practitioners working in health.