Kate (Catherine) Birrell was just 12 years old when she decided her life’s work would be caring for others in the healing tradition of the Catholic Church. After 54 years of extraordinary dedication to nursing, and no signs of slowing down, she shares insights into her journey.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) stands with the community, saddened by the failure to provide person-centred care in cases aired on ABC’s Four Corners program this evening.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) supports Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s call for a Royal Commission into aged care so that the future of care for Australia’s elderly can be properly and independently addressed.
CHA Panel Presentation
Cormac Nagle OFM, August 2018
The suggested starting date was my sabbatical as a post-doctoral fellow at Catholic University of America. My supervisor was Professor Charles Curran of some notoriety at the time because of his approach to the Encyclical Humanae Vitae on contraception.
Someone once wrote that we should not look back at the past because that would lead to depression. Nor to the future, for that will lead to anxiety! I cannot agree with this gloomy reflection. By reflecting on our Catholic health and aged care ministries in the past, we are inspired to look to the future by the lives of countless people who have served this ministry so faithfully and creatively.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) and its members are deeply concerned that Senator David Leyonhjelm’s proposed “Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015” serves to distract from the shameful reality of inadequate access to palliative and End of Life care in this country, contributing to a widespread fear of death and dying.
“…it’s time for healthcare to move on from fax machines”
Catholic Health Australia CEO Suzanne Greenwood is urging Australians to rationally consider the transformative benefits of the My Health Record to patient treatment, particularly in complex aged care.
The theme of NAIDOC week 2018, ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrates the essential role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played and continue to play at all levels of society. The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is an important priority which should not be overlooked.
In light of recent statements in the media purporting that the private hospital industry in Australia is driven only by profit rather than patient care, Catholic Health Australia feel it timely to emphasise that our not-for-profit public and private hospitals make a substantial contribution to those needing hospital care, aged care and other services.