Spiritual Health News


Season's Greetings from the SHA team!

A blessing for the new year and warm wishes for the festive season.

2022 Multifaith Religious and Cultural Calendar

Spiritual Health Association is excited to release our newest multifaith religious and cultural events calendar for 2022.

Meet Evan, a SHLEAC founding member

Introducing Evan, one of the founding members of the Spiritual Health Lived Experience Advisory Committee (SHLEAC)

November e-News

Continuing the focus on research!

Meet Hannah, a SHLEAC founding member

Introducing Hannah Friebel, one of the founding members of the Spiritual Health Lived Experience Advisory Committee (SHLEAC)

Transforming Chaplaincy: The George Fitchett Reader

SHA's CEO Cheryl Holmes contributed to the recently published Transforming Chaplaincy: The George Fitchett Reader.

Spiritual Care Management Network: November 2021 Update

News and updates provided from spiritual care management around the country.

October e-News

International Spiritual Care Week - Advancing Spiritual Care Through Research

September e-News

Road Maps

Meet Maria, a SHLEAC founding member

Introducing Maria Dimopoulous, one of the founding members of the Spiritual Health Lived Experience Advisory Committee (SHLEAC)

Spiritual Care Management Network: September 2021 Update

Compassionate patient-care within COVID-19 restrictions, staff seeking support from spiritual care colleagues and self-care are high on our agenda as we check-in with our spiritual care management.

August e-News

From Chaplaincy to Spiritual Care: the emergence of a health profession

Palliative Care in Queensland 2021: Spiritual Care Report

SHA together with Palliative care Queensland and Meaningful Ageing Australia are launching a new consultation report to share key findings and recommendations about spiritual care as part of the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2021.

New evidence-based resources for spirituality in mental health care

MISTIC is an acronym that translates to meaning making; identity; service provision; talk about it; interruption; and coping. It is a tool that supports workers to prompt conversation on spirituality and mental health.

Spiritual Care Management Network: August 2021 Update

Compassionate patient-care within COVID-19 restrictions, staff seeking support from spiritual care colleagues and self-care are high on our agenda as we check-in with our spiritual care management.

Spiritual Care Practitioners Professional Development Program - August update

Drawing the Circle: Exploring the creative arts in spirituality and spiritual care practice with Michelle Morgan.

July e-News

Making room for all perspectives.

Spirituality and Diversity Discussion Project

The Spirituality & Diversity Discussion Project is a mental health education initiative between Spiritual Health Association & Victorian Transcultural Mental Health. 

June e-News

Science and love come together.

May e-News

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?

Spiritual Care Management Network 18 May

The Spiritual Care Management Network met on 18 May to discuss advocacy and promotion of Spiritual Care within health services.

April eNews

A season for letting go.

March eNews

A line in the sand...

Published! The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counselling special issue

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.

SHA response to the Royal Commission into Mental Health final report.

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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SHA welcomes new Ministers for Health and Mental Health

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.

November eNews

In recent months, I have read many varied reflections on the impact COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, on our lives.

SHA acknowledges NAIDOC Week 2020

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.

November PD Program — register now!

Moral Stress and Moral Injury in Clinical Spiritual Care Context with Reverend Dr. Christopher Turner

Help create spaces for stillness, silence and the time to pause

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.

Cause for optimism amid the pandemic

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.

Coming soon: Capability Framework for Spiritual Care Practitioners in Health (2020)

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.

Farewell Heather! And welcome Cuong!

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.

Join Dr Kate Jones at our research intensive with Meaningful Ageing Australia

Spiritual Health Association and Meaningful Ageing Australia present a repeat session with Dr Kate Jones.

October Professional Development Program — register now!

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.

Our latest research articles

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.

Welcome to our newest members – Bendigo Health

We extend a warm welcome to Bendigo Health who became the newest member of Spiritual Health Association in August 2020.

Have your say on our Draft Capability Framework

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.

An invitation to healthcare workers

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.

Hot off the presses! Our latest research

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).

Our international research collaboration project

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 Mental Health Network expands internationally

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

Our Spiritual Calendar for September.

Pressures mount on spiritual care during Covid-19

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.

September Professional Development – register now!

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.

Spirituality and Diversity Discussions program a success!

Last week, the Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Network (VMHILN) learned about our success with the Spirituality and Diversity Discussions program.

Telehealth Guidelines for Spiritual Care

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).

Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care in Health

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.