Standards

Below you will find resources to assist you in providing quality spiritual care. Many of these have been developed in consultation with practitioners and health services.

 

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Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care in Health

The Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care in Health provide a framework to support a consistent approach to safe and high-quality spiritual care for patients, families, carers and staff.

Coming soon for consultation...

The Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care in Health were launched on the 8th October 2019. Since that time, we received feedback raising concerns about the inclusiveness of the document. We have taken that feedback seriously and we have removed the Guidelines from our website and are currently in the process of revising and rewriting the document. This has been an opportunity to strengthen the Guidelines and will produce a much improved and clearer document. When the revision is completed we plan to conduct a wide consultation on the Guidelines through the website before publishing the final version.

Look out for more information coming soon.

Contact: Cheryl Holmes

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Spiritual Care in Medical Records: A Guide to Reporting and Documenting Spiritual Care in Health Services

A practical guide for allied health, executive and spiritual care managers and practitioners.

This guide provides general principles to support spiritual care documentation for allied health and spiritual care managers and practitioners, and health service executives. It is based upon the Spiritual Care Minimum Data Set Framework and Documenting Spiritual Care in Medical Records.  

Contact: Christine Hennequin

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Capability Framework for Spiritual Care Practitioners in Health Services 2016

This framework clarifies the behaviours and attributes required for spiritual care practitioners in health care.

Understanding the behaviours and attributes required for spiritual care practice is a key component in best practice service provision. This framework integrates the National Common Health Capability Resource and the Allied Health: Credentialling, Competency and Capability Framework to provide four levels of capability for professional and volunteer practitioners.

This resource is currently under review. 

Contact: Heather Tan

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Spiritual Care Providers (Faith Community Appointed) Credentialling Framework

This framework supports those appointing faith community members to spiritual care roles (paid and voluntary).

This framework is a key resource in the appointment of faith community members to paid and voluntary spiritual care positions. It is primarily intended for use by faith communities and people in health services with responsibility for ensuring quality spiritual care. 

Contact: Christine Hennequin

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Spiritual Care Australia Standards of Practice 2013

These standards outline the requirements for spiritual care practitioners according to levels of membership.

The Spiritual Care Australia Standards of Practice offer a guide to healthcare organisations in employing spiritual care practitioners. 

Contact: Harriet Ziegler, eo@spiritualcareaustralia.org.au

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National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care

These guidelines provide a benchmark for the integration of spiritual care in aged care.

The National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged provide aged care organisations with clear pathways to integrate whole of person care. Developed in partnership with Meaningful Ageing Australia and the National Ageing Research Institute.

Contact: Meaningful Ageing Australia, admin@meaningfulage.org.au