Professional Development

Spiritual Health Association supports the ongoing professional development of spiritual care practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds.

A monthly Professional Development Program  is run by Spiritual Care Australia (SCA) - the professional association for the sector, and supported by a steering committee with members from SHA and the Australia New Zealand Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ANZACPE). Read about recent changes to the program in this joint statement from SHA and SCA.

The program is delivered via Zoom on the second Wednesday each month from March to November with a break in July. Each session runs from 1.30pm-3.30pm AEDT / AEST.

Spiritual Care Australia manages registrations for the PD program. Please click on the links below to view program details or to register for the session/s you wish to join. A more detailed program and the Zoom link will be sent to registered participants a day before/ on the day of the session.

Program Registration

Session registrations and whole year individual /  group registration will be available to purchase through Spiritual Care Australia, check the link for updates.

Current finalised topics and dates as follows:

9 March - (CORE 1) Responding with Ritual: Meeting diverse cultural and religious needs across different care settings (part 1). 

Theoretical presentation by Sheryl Carmody.

13 April - A Good State of Being: BONSTATO in the Royal Perth Bentley Group.

Presented by Michael Hertz.

11 May  - (CORE 2) It's on ALL Our Minds: Mental health, trauma and how COVID and lockdowns have affected the community.

Presented by Joy Bowen.

15 June - Elder Gifts: A guide to spiritual care with older people.

Presented by Adam McIntosh.

10 August - (CORE 3) Multicoloured Threads in Ritual: Meeting diverse cultural and religious needs across different care settings (part 2).

Panel discussion with Nicole Sultana and Mauz King. 

14 September - Beyond Barriers: Examining the intersection between music, therapy, health and community.

Presented by Astrid Notarangelo.

12 October - (CORE 4) Differing Needs/ Consistent Approach: Creating a standard model of spiritual care for the public, private and not-for-profit health sectors. 

Presented by Spiritual Health Association.

9 November - Opening Space for Ourselves: Tips to get the best out of supervision.

Panel discussion with Fran Prem and Nigel Stone.

Each session begins with a guided reflection; an opportunity for participants to come together in contemplation before the presentation. This shared ritual time is a chance to reflect together in a space that is inclusive of different faiths, worldviews, and philosophies, and honours the spiritual backgrounds that enrich our growing community of spiritual care practitioners.

Specific details about each month’s program will be provided in our eNews. Click here to subscribe and scroll down to the bottom to "Stay up to date".

The 2022 program is currently in development. If you have any suggestions for professional development topics, please contact