Spiritual Care Australia (SCA) recognises that all people, regardless of religious, faith or cultural background, have spiritual needs that require a sensitive, respectful response from skilled practitioners. SCA is concerned with ensuring excellence in the practice of spiritual care in all industries and sectors around our country.
The roots of SCA lie in several older organisations, generally having sprung from the Christian tradition. In May 2008, more than 50 representatives from all Australian state and territory peak bodies for chaplaincy, pastoral and spiritual care in health, welfare and prison settings, as well as senior church leaders, gathered in Adelaide to discuss the provision of spiritual care in Australia. Following an intensive process there was extraordinary consensus that a new national association was required for all practitioners in chaplaincy, pastoral and spiritual care across all faiths and sectors.
At the Annual General Meeting of the former Australian Health and Welfare Chaplains Association (AHWCA) in Tasmania 2009, a new national association was voted into existence. The final AHWCA Conference, which was also the inaugural SCA Conference, was held in Melbourne in February 2010.