Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) advocates and promotes compassionate, person- centred spiritual care in health services. We initiate and participate 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, innovative and compassionate spiritual care.
Our projects enable health practitioners to deliver person- centred services. We value working with the sector to achieve these goals. Outcomes from our quality improvement projects in healthcare benefit not only 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 2018 – 2019 deliverables to Safer Care Victoria, 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
Data analysis for phase one has been finalised. One article about the outcomes of the patient/family interviews (one site) has been reviewed and expected to be published soon. A report for staff interview part of phase one (three sites) is being prepared and an article will be produced in the near future.
Final planning for phase two - a wide circulation of a validated questionnaire will be undertaken by mid-year. We are very happy to welcome two new sites to this phase of the project. We are still awaiting the outcome of a grant application to assist us with this work. We are looking forward to being able to contribute to an international data base of evidence arising from the outcomes of this phase two survey and to identifying some specific areas for further investigation at participating sites in our planned phase three.
There will be further updates as information becomes available.
Sustaining Our Practice: Spiritual Care Basics for Hospital Staff:
The two hour professional seminar called "Sustaining Our Practice", on spiritual health for the well being of hospital and healthcare professionals, developed in 2017 by SHV, has been trialed at two sites. Evaluations have been completed and we will continue to monitor whether this program can be further developed for future use in the sector.
Evaluation of two Spiritual Health Victoria Frameworks:
The Spiritual Care in Victorian Health Services: Towards Best Practice Framework and the Spiritual Care Minimum Date Set Framework have both been evaluated. These are being reviewed and updated in 2018 to reflect changes in the health sector and in policy. We are also incorporating feedback from spiritual care managers in health services. Any queries to Christine Hennequin or Alison Powell at Spiritual Health Victoria or call (03) 8415 - 1144.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss our current projects or find out more about the work we do.