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Spiritual Care Australia Conference - Melbourne, June 2019

Setting the GPS: Finding your way in Spiritual Care

When:      Sunday 16 June - Wednesday 19 June 20129

Where:    Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

The Victorian Committee for the 2019 Spiritual Care Australia Conference is pleased to announce that submissions are now being invited for workshops and seminars for the 2019 Conference and are due by 21 January.

Workshop and seminar presentations by SCA members and colleagues are an important and popular part of our national SCA Conference. Details are below and on the submissions portal, which you can access here.

The 2019 SCA Conference encourages us to set our own and our organisation’s spiritual navigation systems to provide best quality spiritual care. We will be looking particularly at the perspective of the client / consumer / patient and where spiritual care fits in the world of client-centred care.

Submissions will be welcome from all sectors of spiritual care: aged care, community care, crisis / emergency, defence, education, general health care, mental health, prisons, sports, etc

Proposals for workshops or seminars should be relevant to one or more of the following streams planned for the 2019 Conference:
•    Research and quality improvement
•    Consumer engagement and experience
•    Self-care
•    Models of spiritual care, including innovation
•    Ethics in spiritual care, including in research and in end-of-life care
•    General support of the conference theme

What are you doing or learning or researching in your place that will help your colleagues as they turn their attention to finding their way in the landscape of contemporary spiritual care?

We are spiritual carers in a changing world and we are ever more attentive to questions like:
•    If our destination is excellence, what steps will get us there?
•    What principles guide us on the way? 
•    Who are our travelling companions and how do we share the journey?
•    When we find ourselves in unmapped territory, how do we manage our fears and expectations?

As we continue our journey into the spiritual care profession of the future what will help us set the GPS with most confidence? Workshops and seminars open our minds, clear our vision, give us new language, and prepare us to try new paths. We encourage you to consider presenting a workshop or seminar at our 2019 Conference.
•    Workshops will be one hour in length and are expected to have some interactive elements to achieve their learning goals.
•    Seminars may be 25 minutes or 60 minutes and may be less interactive.

Important information:
•    Submissions are due no later than close of business 21 January 2019. No exceptions will be made.
•    All proposals for workshops or seminars must be submitted via the online portal, which you can access here.
     * Note that this link takes you to a safe site outside the SCA website. To submit a proposal, you will need to create your own user name (we suggest using your usual email address) and set your own password (one that you will easily remember). Do not attempt to sign in with your SCA credentials.
•    All submissions will be acknowledged by email.
•    You will be advised if your submission has been successful or otherwise by email. Further instructions will then follow e.g. how to submit any PowerPoint presentations to be used.
•    All successful applicants are expected to register for and attend the SCA Conference on the day of their presentation at their own expense. No remuneration can be offered for workshop and seminar presenters.
•    In submitting a proposal you acknowledge that you, or your organisation, will pay your own registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Click here to access the submission portal.
Any questions may be directed to


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