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Education and Training

Through educating and training healthcare workers, Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) enables excellence in the delivery of spiritual care. Our services include setting appropriate standards, and the development of pathways for practitioners to enter this field and to continue to grow in their capacities.

The development of key partnerships with providers of education and training – including Spiritual Care Australia – is fundamental to achieving these goals. In particular our work with the University of Divinity, providing tertiary level education in the areas of pastoral ministry and spiritual care, is paramount in training healthcare workers so that they’re equipped to provide quality healthcare.

Other initiatives in the provision of ongoing professional development include:

  • Our monthly professional development program – education and supervision
  • Regional education programs – currently twice per year
  • Presentations for practitioners at individual organisation sites
  • A newly proposed program exploring spiritual health and increasing spiritual health literacy within health organisations
  • Spiritual care training programs:
    • Staff and volunteers in mental health settings - Understanding the role spirituality plays in a mental health diagnosis and the importance of timely interventions by all staff involved can really impact and support a person’s recovery. Spiritual Health Victoria offers training to the mental health workforce that demystifies this often neglected area of healthcare. Training can be tailored to organisational need and the Mental Health Leader is available for presentations, advice and secondary consultation.  
    • Spiritual care volunteers in healthcare settings

The inclusion of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and the many faith communities in our Victorian community, is vitally important to SHV. In response to this need and in collaboration with our multifaith partners and the University of Divinity, we have developed an immersion day program for spiritual providers, which can also be accredited towards tertiary education awards. Follow this link for more information on training healthcare workers in this area.

We also provide information about appropriate education pathways for people wishing to work in this sector.

For further information contact (03) 8415 1144 or email:



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