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Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) participates in a number of quality improvement projects in the healthcare sector, enabling best practice and contributing to overall health and well-being. We collaborate with practitioners, health services and faith communities to achieve quality, innovation and compassionate spiritual care.

 See below a list of our current quality improvement projects in healthcare. They form part of our 2016 – 2017 deliverables to the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Spiritual Care Minimum Data Set Framework and Spiritual Care in Victorian Health Services: Towards Best Practice Framework: 

These Frameworks were implemented in Victorian health services in 2016.  We are currently reviewing and evaluating the Frameworks and their implementation.  SHV conducted a phone survey with Spiritual Care Managers in late 2016.  We will report to CEOs of Victorian health services in early 2017.

La Trobe Research Collaboration:

The collaborative project between SHV, La Trobe University and spiritual care departments at six hospital sites, investigating expectations for and benefits of spiritual care provision in the healthcare system continues.  A literature review is available on this website here 

The phase one interviews for a pilot study have been completed at two sites, one involving staff members at multiple levels through the hospital and the other canvasing patient and family member perspectives.  It is anticipated that interviews at the other sites will be completed and analysed in the first half of 2017 allowing the development of a questionnaire to be utilised across the sites with larger numbers of participants. 

We anticipate that this process will enable the identification of any gaps in spiritual care provision at each site allowing on-going individual projects aimed at addressing an identified issue. Future updates as available.

National Consensus Conference:                                                                                                                    

Enhancing Quality & Safety: Spiritual Care in Health 1-2 June 2017                                                                      

If 97% of people involved in health care in Australia agree that 'spiritual care positively affects wellbeing', why isn't it part of the care provided by every Australian hospital?

SHV is working with national and state based chaplaincy/spiritual care organisations and Spiritual Care Australia to hold the first working conference in Australia to address this and other results from a national survey. The conference will be facilitated by Dr Norman Swan (multi-award winning producer, broadcaster and investigative journalist) and will help shape the way spiritual care is integrated in our health care system. Participants will develop a national strategy for spiritual care in three identified domains:

1.      A nationally consistent governance framework to ensure quality and safety in spiritual care services
2.      Viable and sustainable spiritual care models
3.      Quality education and training
Speakers include:
Dr Victoria Atkinson, Group General Manager Clinical Governance/Chief Medical Officer, St Vincent’s Health Australia
Dr Megan Best, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney
Dr Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director, Grattan Institute
Dr Simon Longstaff, CEO, The Ethics Centre
Dr Bruce Rumbold, Director Palliative Care Unit, La Trobe University
For more information contact Cheryl Holmes, CEO, SHV, or call (03) 8415 1148

Sustaining Our Practice: Spiritual Care Basics for Hospital Staff:

SHV has developed a 2-hour professional development seminar called "Sustaining Our Practice", on spiritual care basics for healthcare professionals in hospitals.  We are partnering with Eastern Health and Western Health to pilot this workshop for small groups of medical, nursing and allied health staff, of any faith or no faith backgrounds.  

For more information about this pilot program please contact  Shinen Wong, Education Officer,  Spiritual Health Victoria, or call (03) 8415 1148

Our projects enable health practitioners to deliver compassionate and person- centred services. We appreciate working with the sector to achieve these goals. Outcomes from our quality improvement projects in healthcare not only benefit services in Victoria. SHV shares knowledge and evidence of best practice nationally and internationally to enhance the provision of spiritual care on a global level.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss our current projects or find out more about the work we do.


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