The Pagan as a Professional Chaplain

Pagan SymbolsPaganism – it is a word that can be understood in a number of different ways. Dictionary definitions vary quite widely from suggesting that Paganism is “the label used to identify those who do not believe in a divine” to “a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.” Can Pagans become professional Chaplains? Absolutely. Just like people in other faiths, Pagans can and are serving as professional Chaplains.

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Capability Framework – For Spiritual Care Practitioners in Health (2020)

Spiritual Health Association LogoThis edition of the Capability Framework builds on the strategic alignment introduced in 2016 with the National Common Health Capability Resource and the Allied Health: Credentialling, Competency and Capability Framework. The Framework strengthens and sharpens the focus on the core scope of practice for spiritual care practitioners working in the health sector.

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Spiritual Care Week, October 25-31, 2020

Collaborative Health Care: Chaplains Complete the PictureSpiritual Care Week/Pastoral Care Week is hosted by The COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings. The first Pastoral Care Week was held in October 1985. Since then it has grown beyond national to international proportions. This year, 2020, the theme is Collaborative Health Care: Chaplains Complete the Picture.

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The Girl on the Bridge

The Girl on the BridgeThe Girl on the Bridge is the story of a young woman with the weight of a generation on her shoulders. Having survived her own suicidal struggles Jazz Thornton is a mental health activist, fighting to change how society and the system are dealing with young people like her. This film is released to coincide with Mental Health Month in Australia.

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Hospital and hospice chaplains adjust to COVID-19 changes, but ‘active listening — that stays the same’

Lindsey BonaAs a hospice chaplain, Jennifer Bradshaw is accustomed to meeting with patients and their families during their most difficult hours. These days, such meetings are more challenging than they have ever been. With nursing homes and hospitals closed to most visitors due to COVID-19 precautions, area chaplains have had to adjust the way they serve those in need.

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National School Chaplaincy Programme Evaluation ~ Kantar Public Research Report

School Chaplain

The National School Chaplaincy Programme, between 2011 and 2014 known as the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Programme, is an Australian federal government programme which funds chaplains in Australian primary and secondary schools. The chaplains are to provide “support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spirituality”, and is based on pastoral care, not religious instruction.

The programme is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the states and territories under the Project Agreement. The programme is delivered in accordance with the terms of the Intergovernmental Agreement Federal Financial Relations. A requirement of this agreement is an evaluation of the National School Chaplaincy Programme.

This report presents the main findings of the National School Chaplaincy Programme evaluation research survey of principals, chaplains, parents and students in schools participating in the National School Chaplaincy Programme in 2016.

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Caring for Muslim Patients Handbook

Islamic Council of VictoriaThe Islamic Council of Victoria yesterday launched the “Caring for Muslim Patients Handbook” in its third edition. Viv Nguyen, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission conducted the book launch. Proper care of Muslim patients often arises in rural and regional healthcare centres where this is not a significant migrant and settlement populations. Such publications are important for excellence in health care in both urban and regional/rural centres.

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