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Our Projects

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.

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.  

See below a list of our current quality improvement projects in healthcare. They form part of our 2017 – 2018 deliverables to the Department of Health and Human Services. 

La Trobe Research Collaboration:

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

The phase one interviews for a pilot study are completed at four sites, one involving staff members at multiple levels through the hospital and the others canvasing patient and family member perspectives.  Data analysis is currently being finalised.  One article about the outcomes of the patient/family interviews (one site) has been written and submitted for consideration for publication in a journal relevant to the sector.  it is anticipated that another addressing the outcomes from the staff interviews (three sites) will be written and submitted in the next couple of months.

Detailed planning for phase 2 - a more widely circulated survey is now underway.  This process will also include another grant application. We anticipate that this process will enable the identification of any gaps in spiritual care provision at each site allowing on-going individual projects to address an identified issue. Future updates as available.

Sustaining Our Practice: Spiritual Care Basics for Hospital Staff:

SHV has developed a 2-hour professional development seminar called "Sustaining Our Practice", on spiritual health for the well being of hospital and healthcare professionals.  The program attends to the spiritual determinants of health, and is rooted in the evolving principles of adult education, integral development psychology and cultural safety. We are partnering with Eastern Health and Western Health to pilot this seminar for small groups of medical, nursing and allied health staff.  

In August 2017, SHV piloted this program at Footscray Hospital. There were approximately 25 attendees, including doctors, nurses, and Allied Health professionals. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with participants reflecting they appreciated learning about how spiritual health is not limited to religious experience/expression, that their own wellbeing has an impact not only on patient experience but also on the broader culture of healthcare. There were conversations about how to further integrate these reflections and insights into practical practice e.g. in multi-disciplinary team management, ongoing professional development opportunities for hospital staff.

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


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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