Welcome to our newest members – Bendigo Health

We extend a warm welcome to Bendigo Health who became the newest member of Spiritual Health Association in August 2020.

Bendigo Health are the first health service to take up the opportunity for membership, which became possible following our transition to SHA in July last year. The move represents a significant change to SHA’s membership, which has only been open to faith communities of Victoria in the past.

When the pandemic hit, services that relied on a volunteer base and/or external providers were severely impacted, and the need for high-quality spiritual care services delivered by qualified and credentialled spiritual care practitioners became ever more apparent.

SHA CEO Cheryl Holmes said, “It is clear that we need models for spiritual care that are sustainable for the future and capable of providing the patient, carer and staff support that has been required over these past months. It is time for all stakeholders to work together to co-design and co-create these models. Spiritual Health Association has the expertise and capacity to facilitate this collaboration.”

Ms Kāren Lunney, Bendigo Health’s Manager of Pastoral Care, was appreciative of the support SHA offers members.

“SHA welcomed us as part of a network, providing resources and opportunities for in-service and connection with peers. I greatly appreciate their advocacy, consultative practices, openness, research, regular updates and ongoing support. Being a member means Bendigo Health plays a part in continuing this support for many others in spiritual health,” Kāren said.

SHA invites all eligible health services and organisations to join us as we advocate for the development, funding and integration of evidence-based spiritual care as a key component for delivering compassionate, person-centred health care.

Find out more about becoming a member here.