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 benchmark best practice for the spiritual care of patients, families and staff in the acute and sub-acute health setting.

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The Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care in Health (Guidelines) benchmark best practice for the spiritual care of patients, families and staff in the acute and sub-acute health setting including palliative care and mental health.

This document reinforces the recognition of spiritual care as an allied health profession working as part of the multidisciplinary team. Spiritual care is essential to the delivery of comprehensive care.

This document is designed to support the appointed organisational lead for spiritual care to identify best practice and to make recommendations for effective evidence-based approaches. The Guidelines can be used to:

• plan and develop a new spiritual care service

• undertake a gap analysis of an existing service

• inform continuous quality improvement of the service

• assist in the assessment of a service as part of the accreditation process

• point to areas of research where further evidence for best practice is required

• inform workforce planning and management for a spiritual care service.

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