Providers, staff have their say on spirituality guidelines

The project to develop Australia’s first national guidelines for spiritual care in residential and community aged care has reached a key milestone, with the launch of an industry survey this week.

The project to develop Australia’s first national guidelines for spiritual care in residential and community aged care has reached a key milestone, with the launch of an industry-wide survey this week.

Since the initiative commenced in March it had achieved a number of key outcomes including a draft literature review and preliminary consultations with the sector, according to the organisations involved.

The next stage of the project was to conduct an industry-wide survey to diverse gather views to ensure the guidelines would be relevant, they said.

As Australian Ageing Agenda has reported, the national standards will cover a range of settings and different categories of people. The project will also see the development of a range of tools to support people at a practical level to apply the guidelines.

The project is a collaboration between Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People (PASCOP), Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

The survey launched this week and will remain open until 4 September. Participation from anyone involved in aged care is encouraged, including older people. The survey is important in understanding the views and perceptions of how spiritual care can most effectively be provided to older people living in residential aged care or, receiving care and support at home.

The survey is available here

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