Pastoral (Spiritual) Carer

Hours: Part-Time
Location: Werribee Mercy Hospital, VIC
Closing Date: 12/07/2024

Employment Type: Permanent Part Time
Hours: 68.4 hour fortnight shift
Salary: 82,435 – 87,948 (depending on experience & qualifications)
Location: Werribee Mercy Hospital
Application: Please upload Resume and Cover Letter
Contact: Mary Klasen, Pastoral Care Manager:

Where there’s life, there’s Mercy.
Where there’s care, there’s You.

Through the battles and the breakthroughs, we’re there. Where will you be?

For over a century, our incredible teams have provided care for people when they need it most. Our people feel great pride in this, and they value the security and stability we offer. But it also means so much opportunity – to build on all that’s gone before, to grow your impact and gain experience that’s hard to find elsewhere.

Join us at Werribee Mercy Hospital, and help us deliver even greater outcomes for our patients, families, communities, and you.

About the opportunity

Be part of a compassionate team, to provide spiritual care at Werribee Mercy Hospital, a richly diverse public health service. 

Providing Pastoral (Spiritual) Care you will:

  • Be flexible, adaptable, with well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Have strong communication skills to connect and engage with patients and families.
  • Be able to assess, triage and respond to diverse pastoral, spiritual and religious needs.
  • Have capacity to provide pastoral care within different clinical settings including maternity.
  • Be competent to provide pastoral care to bereaved families, including rituals when needed.
  • Engage collaboratively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to provide holistic care and make referrals as needed.
  • Capacity to engage with innovation, change and quality improvement initiatives.

What you’ll bring

You’re resilient, compassionate and respectful of all expressions of spirituality. Most importantly, you are committed to delivering exceptional patient-centered care.

To thrive in this role, you will have:

  • Completed at least two units of Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent supervised pastoral care training and eligible for certified membership of Spiritual Care Australia (SCA).
  • Completed a Bachelor of Theology or relevant graduate qualifications.
  • Previous experience providing spiritual care in a health setting and able to function as an Independent Practitioner (Level 2 SCA Capabilities Framework).
  • Understanding of bereavement care, particularly perinatal loss.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills to work within a pastoral care team and a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evidence of commitment to ongoing professional development and spiritual growth as a pastoral carer.

You will also be required to provide evidence of, or be in the process of obtaining:

  • A current Police Record Check and Working with Children Check.
  • Current COVID-19 certificate, proof of current influenza vaccination and other vaccination status consistent with public health orders.

Why Mercy Health?

We’ve been supporting people for over 100 years. Now, we’re taking all that we have and making it even better. It’s about investing in our people and our cultures to create positive experiences and opportunities for all.

Here are some things you’ll love about working with us:

  • 100+ years of caring …

We’re a cornerstone of the communities we serve, and as part of Werribee Mercy Hospital the vital work you do here will always be needed. That means career stability and so much opportunity to build your rewarding future with us.

  • A team of 10,000 hearts …

A career in healthcare and human services isn’t always easy, and it takes true heart. Here, you’ll join a team of over 10,000 dedicated people who carry on and support each other, whatever comes their way.

  • Countless moments and lives …

As part of Werribee Mercy Hospital, you’ll be right at the heart of our impact. By improving the health outcomes of parents and babies through outstanding patient care, you’ll know that every moment you spend here truly matters.

  • … And so much more to come.

We’re on a journey to keep growing our organisation and impact for the next 100 years. We have the leadership, the scale, the heart and the vision for the future. Let’s achieve it together.

You’ll also enjoy a range of other benefits:

  • Develop and expand your skills, knowledge and impact across the scope of practice. 
  • Advance your career with ongoing professional development opportunities and educational resources in a supportive environment.
  • Find a better balance with a flexible rostering.
  • Make the most of your pay with our generous salary packaging options.
  • Save big with access to a range of retail discounts across financial, healthcare, travel and other services.
  • Live, work and feel your best with our health and wellbeing programs including an Employee Assistance Program and Fitness Passport for you and your family. If you have an existing Fitness Passport, you can easily transfer it to Mercy Health.

Ready to help us shape the future of healthcare?

Join us and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives – and your career.

Are you ready to apply for this role? Submit your application now!

Please contact us if you would like to find out more or communicate any requirements to ensure we provide you with a fair and equitable interview and selection process.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples, traditional Custodians of the Land in which our Head Office is based, on traditional lands of the Kulin Nation and recognise their deep connections to the land, sea, and culture.

We extend this acknowledgment to the many Traditional Lands that we operate across Australia and pay our respects to Elders past and present.

The team at Mercy Health is as wonderfully diverse as the patients, residents, clients and communities we support. We’re proud to be recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Mercy Health strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, sexualities, genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds.