COVID-19 Information 

Spiritual Health Association recognises that these are challenging and uncertain times as we continue living through the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that spiritual care makes an essential contribution to compassionate, person-centred care and this aspect of care continues to be important as patients, carers and staff experience ongoing changes.

Below is a list of our resources to support the provision of high quality spiritual care:

General health and mental health resources

Australian Government Department of Health – for latest general information

Australian Government Department of Health

Vic Health – Mental Wellbeing Resources in Covid times

Mental wellbeing resources about coronavirus (vichealth.vic.gov.au)

Mental Health self-isolation tips for patients

Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation and self-isolation guide created by a Mental Health Spiritual Care practitioner. 

guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Victorian Coronavirus hotline is 1800 675 398 (24 hours).

Resources for Providing Spiritual Care

Here is a list of resources for providing spiritual care.

Calm

Check out Calm’s free resource page with meditations, stories, music, talks and more to support your mental and emotional wellness.

Ethics

Chaplaincy Innovation Lab and Transforming Chaplaincy.

Listen to a one-hour webinar Pandemic Ethics: What Healthcare Chaplains need to know.

Occupational Medicine Journal

COVID-19 and experiences of moral injury in front-line key workers in Occupational Medicine. Read the editorial.

Phoenix Australia (the Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health) fact sheets

A guide to moral injury

Faith and Belief resources

Spirituality and Practice

A Pandemic Alphabet: Applying the spiritual alphabet of practices to pandemic concerns and activities.

Humanitarian Disaster institute

Spiritual First Aid: Resources for Responding to COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges | CT Creative Studio (christianitytoday.com)

Harvard Divinity School – USA

Spiritual Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Harvard Divinity School

Meaningful Ageing Australia

COVID-19 Bundled Resource Package (Members only)

Grief support

End of Life Essentials – Facilitating goodbyes or critical conversations via personal electronic devices

Laptops, tablets, smart phones or personal electronic devices are being used to replace face to face contact when the risks of cross infection are high or when family and friends are far away. These calls or contact via personal electronic devices at critical times of life, such as when a patient is seriously ill or at the end of life require a planned approach for safe compassionate care. Read the practical advice.

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB)

Resources for those in aged care experiencing grief, for supporting others in aged care who are experiencing grief and for practitioners in aged care.

What’s Your Grief

Resources for those experiencing grief, for supporting others who are experiencing grief and for practitioners.

Communication support

VitalTalk

Covid Communication Skills – a playbook of tips

Princess Alice Hospice

Be COVID-19 communication ready: staff poster

Other International Resources

Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

Healthcare Chaplaincy Network: 

  • A Time for Compassion – US-based. Scroll down their page for helpful resources.
    • For seriously ill
    • For Caregivers

Prof. Simon Peng-Keller (University of Zurich)

Association of Professional Chaplains

National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)