Research and Policy

Spiritual Health Association's current strategic plan aims to co-design and test an agreed and consistent model for spiritual care that is safe, high-quality and person-centred care. The following research and policy initiatives will inform this direction.


The Future of Spiritual Care in Australia report

In 2021, Spiritual Health Association engaged research and communications specialists McCrindle to conduct Australian research into how Australians communicate about spirituality, their experiences of spiritual care and their thoughts about spiritual care in health. 

McCrindle have conducted faith and belief studies in Australia and New Zealand. Their understanding of global trends and specialisation in spirituality research has informed the delivery of data-driven insights and key recommendations for SHA. 

Key to this research is understanding the role of care in the hospitals of the future, knowing what planning and training is required for the future workforce and the overall benefits of spirituality to individuals, societies and organisations.

McCrindle conducted four focus groups and an Australia-wide survey with 2,501 respondents as part of this research. The final report The Future of Spiritual Care in Australia: A national study on spirituality, wellbeing and spiritual care in hospitals will be launched and available to download on 18th May 2022.

"Considering people search for and turn to spirituality in times of crisis, it is clear spiritual care is paramount to healthcare, providing an opportunity to humanise medicine"

- Mark McCrindle, Principal, McCrindle Research

View the above short video Collective Voice with testimonials from the report.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily content from the report, and updates on twitter and LinkedIn.

Literature Review on Best Practice 

Spiritual Health Association in collaboration with Otago University (New Zealand) is undertaking a literature review to examine spiritual healthcare best practice. The review seeks to understand the current models, frameworks, and standards for spiritual care in healthcare nationally and internationally. 

The outcome of the literature review is to inform the co-design process for a nationally consistent approach to providing spiritual care in an Australian/New Zealand professional health care setting. It also contributes to build up scholarly scientific evidence of spiritual care in Australia and New Zealand via peer-reviewed publications. 

The literature review interim findings will be available in May 2022.


Translational Research

Poster series: What is spirituality? What is spiritual care?

SHA has produced two eye-catching infographic posters, aiming to introduce and demystify the role of spiritual care and its benefits to patients, family members and organisations. Using both international and our very own research, these resources demonstrate the role and benefits of spiritual care for target audiences including health care workers, patients, and families. 

Poster 1 addresses: What is spirituality? What is wellbeing? How does spirituality affect our wellbeing?  

Poster 2 addresses: What is spiritual care? Why is spiritual care important? What are the benefits of spiritual care?   

Click to download the infographic posters, as well as an infographic guide and PowerPoint presentation to help you make the most of the materials:

Posters: A4 and A3

Infographic Guide

PowerPoint Presentation

Hard copies are also available to purchase in our Shop.


To promote policy initiatives and advocate for strategic change in spiritual care, we:

  •  Provide research translation to governments, regulators, businesses, and others to deliver meaningful outcomes for consumers
  •  Identify policy gaps in relation to spiritual care
  •  Identify and develop effective partnerships with key stakeholders
  •  Co-design research and policy responses and provide leadership, supervision and coordination
  •  Evaluate the effectiveness of strategies
  •  Represent the sector at relevant government forums as a key stakeholder and credible expert 
  •  Responding to calls for submissions

For more information contact Cuong La.