Spiritual Care Australia partnered with Spiritual Health Victoria in June 2017 to conduct a consensus conference on the ways in which spiritual care enhances quality and safety, with a particular emphasis on health care. The conference was attended by 68 participants from every state and territory.
The need to care for patients’ psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs is acknowledged nationally by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Yet there is no consistent approach to the provision of spiritual care across the Australian health system.
At the conference, five principles for the design and delivery of spiritual care services were agreed as well as ten policy statements.
The Report will be useful to all working in health care, as well as other sectors, and is available for Download here.