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Standards, FRAMEWORKS AND GUIDELINES

There are several resources to assist you in providing quality spiritual care. Many of these have been developed in consultation with practitioners and health services.

Spiritual Health Association has developed several guidelines and frameworks over the last years. Spiritual Care Australia, the professional association for spiritual care practitioners also published their standards in 2013.

Spiritual Care in Medical Records: A Guide to Reporting and Documenting Spiritual Care in Health Services:
Data collection resource updated. The new 2019 version “Spiritual Care in Medical Records: A Guide to Reporting and Documenting Spiritual Care in Health Services” replaces the “Spiritual Care Minimum Data Set Framework” (2015) and the “Documenting Spiritual Care in Medical Records” (2018) which have been on our website. The new guide incorporates information from both resources and current standards and will assist Directors of Allied Health, health service executives, spiritual care managers and practitioners.  It also provides some general principles for documentation. Click here to download the document. If you have any queries, please contact Christine Hennequin:  development@spiritualhealth.org.au or on (03) 8415-1144.

To access the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Spiritual Intervention Codes which took effect from1 July 2017 please see below:

ACCD Definitions of Spiritual Care Intervention Codes ACCD Definitions of Spiritual Care Intervention Codes (240 KB)

A6 size postcards of the ICD-10 codes are available for purchase -  10 for $5.00 incl. postage. Contact us to place an order.  

Spiritual Care in Victorian Health Services: Towards Best Practice Framework 2016:
The Framework is intended as a resource for use by health service executives, spiritual care managers and their line managers in the consideration of good practice for spiritual care of patients, families and staff in health services in Victoria. This document is currently under revision. To download please click here.

Capability Framework for Spiritual Care Practitioners in Health Services 2016:
The Framework is intended as a resource to clarify the expected behaviours and attributes required for this work and the ways that these can be developed over time. It focuses on the individual spiritual care practitioner’s capabilities and provides a structure for career progress on the basis of incremental development of those capabilities over time. Spiritual Care Volunteers have been included in this framework as they are members of the spiritual care team in some facilities, who contribute to the provision of spiritual care and are accountable within that team context. To download please click here.

Spiritual Care Providers (Faith Community Appointed) Credentialling Framework:
This Framework is intended for use primarily by the faith community members of Spiritual Health Association who are involved in the appointment of spiritual care providers to health services through both paid and unpaid (volunteer) positions. The framework may also be of use to those people in health services with responsibility for ensuring the provision of quality spiritual care.  To download please click here.

Spiritual Care Australia Standards of Practice 2013:
These Standards of Practice outline what is required of a spiritual care practitioner, according to their level of membership and act as a gauge for a range of organisations where spiritual care is practiced.  To download please click here.

National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care
The National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care is a benchmark for the integration of spiritual care, giving organisations a clear pathway to embrace whole of person care. The Guidelines are available on the Meaningful Ageing Australia website. To download please click here.











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