On 8th February, twenty-three people, who understand and can influence governance in hospitals, as well as people who work in the sector, including in research and education and those who have lived experience of spiritual care, gathered to discuss a proposed draft model designed to improve the quality of spiritual care for people in hospital in Australia.
Within the two-hour forum, attendees were given contextual information, based on the 2022 ideas arising out of a wider engagement process which included nine interviews and a survey with 59 responses, to support their four rounds of discussion.
Four prioritised areas of the draft model were discussed that include (1) Holistic person-centre care; (2) Integrated governance; (3) Professional workforce; (4) Sustainable resourcing. Recommendations for improvements to the models were provided to the project team, including (but not limited to):
The project team will resume in the first week of March to review the draft report and recommendations to endorse the report.
Dr. Cuong La, Spiritual Health Association's Research and Policy Leader