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Departments

Spiritual Care

About Us

Austin Health is committed to the care of the whole person, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Spiritual Care is an essential part of the multidisciplinary team that provides holistic care for patients and families.

Spiritual Care focuses on the spiritual needs of patients, families and carers. It is a collaborative and respectful partnership between the person and their health care provider and is an integral component of person-centred care. Spiritual Care is concerned with three main existential areas: meaning, purpose and connection. For most people, their spirituality will include significant relationships and this may be expressed in family, community, the sacred, religion, nature, art and music. Spiritual care is provided through assessment, counselling, support and ritual in matters of a person’s beliefs, traditions, values and practices enabling the person to access their own spiritual resources.

Spiritual Care is provided on a referral basis. Patients, family and carers are encouraged to request our services.

Our staff provide specialised individual or group education, mindfulness education and group support and also meditation techniques.

Services

  • Spiritual Care
  • Religious Care (sacraments, prayer, religious ministers)
  • Emotional Support
  • Bereavement Support, grief and loss
  • Spiritual, Religious and sacred texts
  • Ceremonial events and rites
  • Referral and assessment
  • Education and training

We provide support

  • When you are feeling isolated, distressed worried, fearful and vulnerable
  • When you are experiencing a crisis
  • When you are facing transition and change
  • When you are facing issues related to death, grief or bereavement
  • When you want to see a religious minister or chaplain of any faith
  • When you require prayer or meditation

Contact Us

Phone: 9496 5000                Pager: 6006 

Spiritual Care is available 24 hours a day. For all Spiritual Care enquiries please ask a staff member to page Spiritual Care on 6006.  Staff can also refer patients via CERNER.

Religious leaders from your faith tradition are welcome to provide your spiritual care while you are here. The Spiritual Care department can contact them on your behalf to arrange a visit.