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SHV has participated in the production of many documents examining spiritual health services and their role in the healthcare sector. Browse through our publications below which are available for download or purchase.

  • Heart and Soul Matters: A guide to providing spiritual care in mental health settings. This guide is intended for staff working in community and clinical services supporting people living with mental illness, their families and carers. It is designed to equip staff, carers and family members with basic information to engage in conversations that involve spiritual themes. To download the resource please click here. If you would like to purchase a hard copy there is a charge of $4 per booklet to cover printing & postage costs - contact us to buy a copy.
  • Documenting Spiritual Care in Patient Medical Records: A Best Practice Resource. This resource provides information and procedures for the documentation and recording of health information by spiritual care practitioners working in health services in Victoria. To download please click here.
  • Outcomes for Professional Healthcare Chaplaincy: An International Call to Action. Guest Editorial in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy Volume 20, Issue 2, 2014 An international perspective from: George F. Handzo, Mark Cobb, Cheryl Holmes, Ewan Kelly and Shane Sinclair. Link to the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy  here.  
  • Building Capacity for Spiritual Care and Wellbeing: Analysis of the training package offered to mental health workers in East Gippsland in 2015.  SHV was contracted by a non-government agency, Snap Inc. to provide training to mental health workers in East Gippsland. Snap Inc. asked us to survey participants prior to the training to get a sense of people’s understanding of what the words ‘spirituality’ and ‘spiritual care’ meant to them. These findings, together with post training data and six month post training evaluation, contribute to this report. Available here.
  • SHV presented two posters at the Association of Professional Chaplains held in Florida in June 2016 ”Spiritual Care as a valued-added component of effective healthcare” and “Towards Best Practice Spiritual Care in Australia”.
  • Australian Aged Care Recipient Right to Spiritual Care: A Reference Index. A convenient index of sources that state or imply that Australian recipients of Aged Care have a right to spiritual care. The index includes sources such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation and the Commonwealth of Australia and the state of Victoria. Available here.
  • Spirituality in Aged Care Education Package is now available at Meaningful Ageing Australia.  To buy a copy contact Meaningful Ageing Australia at  or PH: +61 3 8387 2274. 
  • Spirituality in Aged Care Education Package: Pilot Project Final Report.  A pilot  project was funded by the Victorian Department of Health to develop an education package for staff and volunteers working in Aged Care. Goals were to help identify and respond to the spiritual needs of Aged Care residents. The Pilot Project  Final Report is available here.                  
  • A Voice at the Table: An Integrated Model for Pastoral Care in Aged Mental Health. Rosemary Kelleher with Olga Yastrubetskaya. A collaborative pastoral care project conducted in 2009 – 2011. Spiritual Health Victoria also contributed through consultation and funding. This book is intended for use by spiritual care practitioners. Available at a cost of $22 (incl GST and postage). Contact us to buy a copy.
  • Guidelines for Victorian Pastoral Care Department Facilities. SHV offers ‘Guidelines for Victorian Pastoral Care Department Facilities’. The free booklet provides guidance on the provision of pastoral care facilities that enable best practice, through opening opportunities for dialogue and possibilities between pastoral care staff, hospital management, faith communities and patients. It addresses the areas of physical space (rooms for meeting and teaching, administrative facilities and mortuary facilities), information and signage and includes a significant section on sacred space. We hope that the guidelines will inspire pastoral care departments to create meaningful, facilitative spaces that enable best practice in pastoral and spiritual care. Contact us to order a copy.
  • Template for a Pastoral Care Service Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding A template has been produced by Spiritual Health Victoria to assist with preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding between a health facility and a faith community. The template was endorsed by the SHV Board on 25th November 2011. This document applies to situations where a faith community acts as the employer in making an appointment of a chaplain to a health facility. It is hoped that this document will provide a basis for negotiations between faith communities and hospitals to enable the development of strong and clear partnerships. Available here.


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