Incorporating spiritual care

CHA will hold a forum on health and spirituality for Catholic providers at the end of October.

A forum in Melbourne this October will examine the barriers to spiritual care in Catholic health and aged care facilities.

Run by Catholic Health Australia (CHA), the full-day forum will assist Catholic providers to think about how they can adopt spiritual issues and people-centred care.

The CEO of CHA, Martin Laverty, said there is growing interest in the relationship between spirituality and health.

“At this forum, we’ll identify barriers to delivering pastoral care and look at how they can be overcome, share good news stories about what we know works in delivering pastoral care to patients and residents in Catholic facilities, and brainstorm new possibilities,” Mr Laverty said.

“The forum will also examine professional development and interfaith issues, and look at how pastoral care in health and aged care can work in conjunction with pastoral care delivered within parishes.”

Speakers at the forum will include the CEO of the Healthcare Chaplaincy Council of Victoria, Rev Cheryl Holmes, La Trobe University public health expert Dr Bruce Rumbold and Michael Brady from the Australian Council of Bishops’ Pastoral Projects Office.

“This forum is designed for all who work and manage within Catholic health and aged care services – we hope participants emerge with a better understanding of how to integrate pastoral and spiritual care into daily activities,” Mr Laverty said.

The forum will be held between 9am and 4pm on Friday, 30 October at the Metropole Hotel Apartments and Conference Centre in Fitzroy, Victoria.

It has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing Australia and attendance will attract 4.5 continuing nurse education (CNE) points.

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