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Quality health research supports best practice spiritual care, based on both practitioner and consumer experience of outcomes.

Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) provides leadership and support in the development of a research agenda for the sector through supervision, promotion and coordination of study projects. Our combined efforts play a key role in the following processes:

  • Identifying and implementing best practice guidelines which are supported by evidence;
  • Identifying the most appropriate skills and education levels for the credentialling of practitioners who provide this best practice spiritual care;
  • Developing reliable data collecting systems that reflect the real work done by spiritual care practitioners and so facilitate the adequate provision of human resources.

SHV collaborates with the following stakeholders in our quality health research initiatives:

  • Pastoral care coordinators in both public and private sectors within Victoria;
  • Interstate peak bodies similar to SHV;
  • La Trobe University and the University of Divinity
  • American Association of Professional Chaplains’ Joint Research Council - Our Manager of Education and Research has been appointed as the Spiritual Care Australia representative on this council.

We also contribute to the education of spiritual care practitioners – highlighting the importance and processes of effective, quality health research. This includes encouraging collaboration between different sites within the sector to enable standard data recording processes, so that results can be compared and combined to produce more reliable outcomes.

Please take advantage of the large number of resources and journals on quality health research within the spiritual care sector, or get in touch with us for more information. 

Call SHV on (03) 8415 1144 or email Heather Tan:


Review of Literature June 2015

This document records a literature review undertaken in 2015 to assist us in the development of the collaborative research project with La Trobe University and six different healthcare facilities. The main topics reviewed are:
  •  What do Spiritual Care Practitioners do?
  •  How is spiritual health measured?
  •  What are the outcomes of spiritual care?
  •  Spiritual care- a team approach
  •  How do spiritual care staff report their activities?
The outcomes of the search of data in the period 2005-2015, over a broad range of data bases, has been divided into the above topics for easy access and where available, abstracts of relevant articles are recorded in tables in the appendices.


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