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The Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services: Supplementary Papers includes a selection of articles, guidance documents and policies to provide practical and empirically-based insights into how the CHA Code of Ethical Standards (The Code), published in 2001, can be, and has been, used to guide ethical decisions in Catholic health and aged care.

Since The Code was written, many Catholic ethicists, clinicians and others have used it as a framework to guide them on a range of ethical issues in health and aged care.  This has included many new and emerging issues which have taken on greater significance in health and aged care ethics since The Code was published. 

As the title of this document suggests, these are supplementary papers to the CHA Code of Ethical Standards and as such it would be helpful for readers to also have a copy of The Code to hand for cross-referencing and background reading.

Together, The Code and The Supplementary Papers provide comprehensive reference material to guide ethical discussions, decisions and policy documents in Catholic health, aged and community care organisations and facilities.

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Quality pastoral care is foundational to Catholic health and aged care.  It is not an optional extra: to be a provider of Catholic health and aged care requires pastoral care to be part of all that we do. In 2015 Catholic Health Australia (CHA) conducted a pastoral care mapping survey of the Catholic health and aged care sector. The completed surveys represented 85 percent of Catholic hospital beds and 60 percent of Catholic provided residential aged care beds and community care places in Australia.

Based on the survey findings, CHA has prepared:

  • A full report with an analysis of each of the questions together with an executive summary, the key findings and recommendations. This full version of CHA's Pastoral Care Mapping Survey Report is available for FREE download (please click here to download). 
  • A short report which provides the executive summary and the key findings and recommendations. This short version of CHA's Pastoral Care Mapping Survey Report is available for FREE download (please click here to download). 
  • A pastoral care assessment tool. This tool has been developed so that the recommendations coming out of the pastoral care mapping survey can be used by individuals, teams and organisations as a way of recognising strengths and determining areas for improvement. This tool is available for FREE download (please click here to download). 

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Welcome, Inclusion, Attentive Presence: the Central Role of Pastoral Care in Catholic Health and Aged Care traces how pastoral care in Catholic health and aged care sits within a long tradition stretching back to the healing ministry of Jesus and the early Christian church, and was carried forward through the charism of the religious orders that established many of our present day Catholic hospitals and aged care services.  While discussing the history and origins of pastoral care, the purpose of the document is to look to the future—the “why, what, and where we are heading” in pastoral care.
 
The writing of this book has been no easy task and CHA is grateful for the insightful academic and practical understanding Professor Maryanne Confoy RSC has brought to the exercise.  Special thanks are also due to the members of the CHA Pastoral Care Special Interest Group, the CHA Mission and Identity Committee and members of the CHA Board who offered invaluable comments and suggestions along the way.
 
Welcome, Inclusion, Attentive Presence: The Central Role of Pastoral Care in Catholic Health and Aged Care aims to assist a wide range of people working in and around pastoral care services.  It is intended as a resource for ongoing reflection and discussion. In this way, it can guide decision-makers at all levels as they plan and prioritise pastoral services, and assist individuals and teams to continually deepen their appreciation as well as their practice of this vital discipline.
 

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Learning any new language involves understanding how the vocabulary has been formed and how it is intended to be used. This helps a person experience the culture where the language is spoken at a much richer and deeper level. So too understanding the language and vocabulary used in Catholic health and aged care organisations will help the people who lead and work within them to have a richer, more connected experience of their work.
 
Language is so important because it shapes our thinking and attitudes and connects us to culture. For this reason the language used in and around Catholic places of care needs to reflect the mission for which they were founded.  If language is consistently mission-focussed, all those that come for care and everyone employed, will be better able to experience our Catholic identity, purpose and way of operating.  If “Catholic” and “mission” language is not understood and being used across our organisations, there is a real risk that our unique reason for being will be lost from “within”.
 
Keeping the language of mission alive and pervasive is a key leadership responsibility.  Leaders in an organisation set a vital example about the language that should - and should not - be used.  The language that shapes an organisation’s culture permeates from the top down. So it is critical that leaders in Catholic organisations understand the meaning and significance of particular Catholic language as well as have the confidence and commitment to use it appropriately.   

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Formation for MissionLaunched at the 2015 Catholic Health Australia National Conference, together with The Role of Mission Leaders in Catholic Health and Aged Care, as well as Strengthening our Catholic Identity and Mission, Formation for Mission has been developed at the request of the Taskforce leading CHA's Pathway's Project, mandated by the members to facilitate a collaborative approach to leader formation.

Materials presented in this resource are intended to assist in the orientation and ongoing development of those new to leadership and governance roles in Catholic health and aged care. The particular focus is on discussing formation needs with newly appointed trustees, board members and senior executives.

The resource includes four sections: Section One addresses the question: what is formation in Catholic health and aged care?; Section Two suggests an approach to the conversations about formation with new people which can lead to a planned approach going forward; Section Three contains a suggested framework for reflecting on formation needs, namely CHA's leadership profile, Continuing the Mission - Expectations of Trustees, Board Directors and Executives, and; Section Four sets out benchmark expectations in terms of time commitments for trustees, board members and senior executives. It also outlines focus areas for formation sessions, programs that are currently available (or in the planning process) and enabling processes.  

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The Role of Mission Leaders in Catholic Health and Aged CareThis discussion paper has been formulated at the request of the Taskforce leading Catholic Health Australia's Pathways Project which is mandated by the members to facilitate a collaborative approach to leader formation. The purpose is to enhance current and future governance and leadership capacity to ensure Catholic health and aged care ministries remain an authentic expression of the healing ministry of Jesus. This paper is intended to generate and inform discussion across the sector that will lead to greater understanding and appreciation for the Mission Leader in health and aged care services. 

In particular, this paper intends to assist decision makers in: understanding the evolution of the role of Mission Leader over recent decades; understanding the purpose and responsibilities of the role in contemporary settings; recruiting effectively by clarifying capabilities required for the role; supporting current Mission Leaders so that they can best serve the organisation, and; developing people with potential to fill the role in the future i.e. succession planning.

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Strengthening Our Catholic Identity and MissionCatholic organisations claim to be "a lived proclamation of the Gospel". Living up to this claim requires similar effort and rigour as is expended on ensuring the safety and quality of services. This template offers a structured and disciplined approach to assuring all stakeholders of the investment in continual growth in an authentic Catholic vision, identity and ethos, especially as the organisation responds and adapts to ever-changing circumstances and priorities such as staff changes, community needs and expectations, demands of funders and changing Church realities. 

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Exploring the ConnectionsThe social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities -- the unfair and unavoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries. This book explores the connections, both theologically and in practice, that Catholic social teaching has to the social determinants of health. It invites discussion, within the Church and among policy makers and the broader public, of the need for a new paradigm of public policy focused on the social determinants of health. 

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ACP11. Advance Care Plan template. Download here

2. A guide for people considering their future health care. Download here

3. A guide for health care professionals implementing a future health care plan. Download here

 

 

 

 

HM67 continuing the missionAt the Catholic Health Australia national conference in August 2013, CHA launched Continuing the Mission, the latest resource to assist in the formation and development of leaders in Catholic health and aged care services. Continuing the Mission specifically offers a framework of expectations for trustees, board directors and executives. Continuing the Mission is free for CHA members.

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Humanizing Healthcare ReformsLooking at the current turmoil facing contemporary health care systems worldwide, resulting from relentless imposition of financially-based performance indicators, the author argues that a return to a values-based approach to healthcare will create positive transformation. Writing from the fresh perspective of social anthropology, the author takes a highly pragmatic approach to practice, emphasising the importance of values such as compassion, solidarity and social justice.

Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, the book is available from Footprink Books.

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MDR Cover SmallThe Mission Discernment Resource is a guide for assisting Catholic health and aged care services -- and other Catholic organisations -- in the process of making decisions. Drawing upon Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and the Catholic Tradition, as well as the teaching of popes and other leaders through the centuries, the Mission Discernment Resource will assist services in making decisions, both large and small.

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GFG Cover webThe Guide for Understanding the Governance of Catholic Health and Aged Care Services is a resource for Catholic health and aged care services as lay people are called upon to serve in leadership roles that were previously held by religious and priests. It was a collaborative project of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Health Australia and Catholic Religious Australia.

Click here to download the Guideline for Establishment of a Catholic Board Charter.

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catholic bioethicsCan the Hippocratic and Judaeo-Christian tradition be synthesised with contemporary thought about practical reason, virtue and community to provide real-life answers to the dilemmas of health care today? Bishop Anthony Fisher discusses conscience, relationships and law in relation to the modern-day controversies surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, transplants, artificial feeding and euthanasia, using case studies to offer insight and illumination.

The book is available from Cambridge University Press.

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determining the futureThis book brings together a unique collection of essays on the social determinants of health from some of Australia's leading health and social policy experts: medical professionals, academics, opinion leaders, thinkers and writers. Contained within its pages are diverse and confronting policy and practical proposals that invite all Australian governments to broaden their health policy parameters to include a new focus on the social determinants of health.

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 code of ethical standardsThe Code of Ethical Standards is addressed to all health care practitioners working in Catholic health and aged care organisations.

Print copies of the Code of Ethical Standards can be purchased by clicking the link below or it can be downloaded for free.

Many people working in Catholic Health Australia facilities are unaware of the Code of Ethical Standards. Small pocket cards can be distributed to introduce people to the Code. To request copies of the pocket card, please contact Deborah Reynolds on 02 6203 2777.

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catholic care of the ageingCHA recently released its educative resource booklet 'Catholic Care of the Ageing' which is an easy-to-read reflection on the essence of aged care ministry. 

 

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being a catholic hospitalA booklet written for all who work in Catholic hospitals today that explores the origins, ethos, values and challenges of the modern Catholic hospital.

It invites reflection and conversation about the meaning of our work together as we enter a new era in the life of the Catholic hospital.

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preferential option for the poorApplication to Catholic Health and Aged Care Ministries in Australia.

The challenge to serve the poor must never be dismissed or relegated as merely one option amongst many. It requires effort and resolve. Fr Gerry Arbuckle has provided a roadmap for us all to journey in meeting Christ in the anawin.

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provision of pallative careCHA's essential new book guides staff through the complex world of delivering effective and holistic patient-centered, interdisciplinary palliative care. It is accompanied by a brochure for patients and their families translated into three languages and available for free download here.

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christian conscienceChristian Conscience is designed to guide health care practitioners through moral situations in an increasingly complex world.

Written by Father Norman Ford, one of Australia's leading theologians and ethicists, the book explores the challenges presented to practitioners of Catholic health and aged care by emerging moral and ethical dilemmas posed by the rapid introduction of new medical technologies.

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