Last month we celebrated Spiritual Care Week: Advancing Spiritual Care Through Research. At SHA we believe research supports spiritual care in a range of ways, demonstrating the value and contribution of spiritual care, influencing practice and shaping policy – to name just a few. That’s why we are committed to both supporting and undertaking research.
On the back of spiritual care week last month, I thought it was a good opportunity to share a little about some of our current projects. In this edition of our newsletter Cuong La, our Research & Policy Leader, highlights a recently published article from SHA, and you will also see a new book published that I was able to make a contribution to, Transforming Chaplaincy: The George Fitchett Reader. Currently, we are very excited to be working with McCrindle on a national study on spirituality, wellbeing, and spiritual care in hospitals. This has included four focus groups and a survey completed by 2,501 respondents from across Australia. The final report will be in our hands by the end of the year and concurrently, SHA has a literature review underway looking at best practice models of spiritual care.
These projects will inform our strategic goal over the next year to develop a consistent and agreed model of spiritual care that is high-quality, safe and person centred. It is certainly our hope that outcomes will demonstrate value, influence practice and shape policy going forward.
Cheryl Holmes, CEO