Barriers to spirituality in health and aged care

Barriers to caring for the spiritual needs of patients and residents of Catholic health and aged care facilities are to be examined at a special forum exploring the meaning of pastoral care.

The Catholic Health Australia (CHA) forum, to be held on Friday 30 October, will help Catholic health and aged care providers explore how they can incorporate spiritual issues and become more people-centred.

"The relationship between spirituality and health is an area of growing interest," CHA CEO Martin Laverty said.

"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.

"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 include Rev Cheryl Holmes, CEO of the Healthcare Chaplaincy Council of Victoria, Latrobe 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 from 9am-4pm on Friday 30 October at the Metropole Hotel Apartment and Conference Centre in Fitzroy, Victoria.

This activity has been endorsed by APEC number 090824001 as authorised by Royal College of Nursing Australia according to approved criteria and attracts 4.5 CNE points.

For more information and to register, see the events page on CHA's website,

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