1. 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
At 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.
Looking 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Can 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.
This 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.
Order the book from the publisher, Connor Court Publishing.
The 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.
A 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.
Application 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.
CHA'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.
Christian 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.
This publication seeks to highlight to all who work in Catholic health, community and aged care the value this ministry and these practitioners bring not just to the patients, residents and clients but to their families, carers, staff and, indeed, the spirit of the facility itself. This publication provides a greater insight into and understanding of the unique value pastoral services brings to our ministry of healing.
In this work, Fr Gerry Arbuckle sm provides a comprehensive overview of the many approaches to Catholic identity and offers a direction for organisations grappling with identification in a post-modern world. Readers will discover a font of wisdom seldom compiled in such a succinct and readable fashion.
Ministering to People with Dementia: A Pastoral Guide, produced by Catholic Health Australia in cooperation with Alzheimer's Australia, is a practical handbook for the spiritual care of people with dementia. The guide has been written expressly for those working in parish settings to assist in the provision of spiritual care of parishioners with dementia both at home and in residential care within the local community.
These brochures are designed to help patients and their carers understand palliative care. They are available in four languages, and can be downloaded either as a double-sided single A4 sheet, or as a six-page full sized document.
To order free high-quality printed copies of the Palliative Care brochure in English, please contact Deborah Reynolds on 02 6203 2777
This briefing note explains the background and context for Pope John Paul II's statement on nutrition and hydration, the key points made by the Pope and the implications of his statement for Catholic health care professionals in Australia.
Click here to download the Briefing Note on the Obligation to provide Nutrition and Hydration