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2019 PD Program - April

Date Posted: 26-Feb-2019

Professional Development Program (PD Program) for Spiritual Care Practitioners: Education & Supervision
Our second PD Program session for 2019 will be held on Wednesday 10 April, from 9.30am onwards at the Austin Health Repatriation Hospital. There are a range of options for attendance including individual membership and organisational membership along with Single Month attendance - click here for the full 2019 PD Program Calendar and Presenter Biographical Details.

APRIL TOPIC:  "Spiritual Care for people with addiction" with Associate Professor Alan Gijsbers
Alan is a specialist physician in Addiction Medicine. He is the Head of the Addiction Medicine Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Medical Director of the Substance Withdrawal Unit at the Melbourne Clinic Richmond. He is an honorary clinical associate professor at the University of Melbourne. Alan has previously worked as a general physician at the prestigious Christian Medical College and Hospital Vellore, South India, and on return at St Vincent’s Hospital, the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. He started his addiction medicine career at St Vincent’s Hospital, Turning Point and the Epworth Hospital. He has a particular interest in a studying neuroscience and theology and the philosophy of the self, and spirituality, topics which underpin his approach to addiction care. Most recently he has won an award for clinical teaching in the Master of Psychiatry course 2017 at the University of Melbourne.

The PD Program is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at different hospitals between March and November (with a break for the month of July) and features:
*  Guest educators on a diverse range of issues pertinent to spiritual care
*  Afternoon Facilitated Discussion Groups - small groups meet for an hour to discuss the morning education session, and any implications for work practice (optional).
*  Guided prayer and reflection (in keeping with a multi-faith focus)
*  Morning tea and lunch.
For more information phone 8415 1144.  To register as an individual or organisation, please fill in this form and forward to For single month  registrations fill in this form.

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