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Thursday, 23rd June 2016
Dear <<First Name>>,
Here is what is happening in Spiritual Care this week along with events you may be interested in. 

Calendar for this week

Coming of the Light - 1st July (Torres Strait Islanders)

The Coming of the Light is celebrated by Torres Strait Islanders, wherever they may be, on 1st July each year. It commemorates the arrival of the London Missionary Society on Erub Island in the Torres Strait in 1871. It led to the adoption of Christianity through island communities during the late nineteenth century. Click here for more information.

NAIDOC Week - 3rd - 10th July 

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. The theme is  –  Songlines: The living narrative of our nation. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures. Dreaming tracks crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of our ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lores. These dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ as they record the travels of these ancestral spirits who 'sung' the land into life.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
Click here for more information about the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week. .

SHV News 

2 minute film - Introduction to spiritual care in aged care & the National Guidelines

This video gives a short overview of some key spiritual needs of older people. We see that basic spiritual care is part of all roles and is not about 'more work' but 'the way you work'. This is core to the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care. 

REMINDER  National Guidelines free pre-release workshops around Australia now on. All participants will receive a hard copy of the Guidelines. This is a joint project of SHV and Meaningful Ageing Australia (previously known as PASCOP) providing evidence-informed guidelines for the provision of best practice spiritual care in aged care settings including residential, community and home-based care. Click here for more information. 

Communication skills: an article collection from End of Life Journal

Over the years, the End of Life Journal (a collaboration between St Christopher’s Hospice and BMJ Publishing) has published various articles highlighting conversations that commonly occur within end-of-life care. The journal has now made these articles available online to provide readers with suggestions regarding how to conduct difficult conversations.  Although the practitioners that are conducting the conversations within the articles tend to be nurses, the principles of communication skills outlined are relevant to social workers/practitioners. The 16 articles in the series can be accessed here.

Rainbow eQuality guide definitions  

In light of discussions at the recent SCA Conference around a culture of inclusion and diversity and following the recent tragic event in Orlando it was thought timely to include a definition guide produced by the Department of Health & Human Services. Their statement says - Because any person using a health or community service in Victoria may be same-sex attracted, trans, gender diverse or have an intersex variation, it is important for all services to consider how they can become more inclusive of people who are LGBTI. Services should aim to become more responsive to issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex variations, and to understand the specific health and wellbeing needs of subgroups within the LGBTI population.

Update: Consultation on the Victorian state disability plan 2017-2020

Help shape Victoria’s next state disability plan. Consultation will close on Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 5pm. Click here for Discussion paper documents and to enter your email to stay up to date with developments. You can download the  discussion paper along with the companion paper which provides a summary of the evidence that was considered in the drafting. Available also in Community languages, an  Audio version, Braille version and an Auslan summary. They are asking for feedback on one of the ideas - a proposed Vision statement  An inclusive Victoria, which promotes the rights of people with a disability to live everyday lives.

You can follow Cheryl on twitter @SpiritHealthVic.


Pastoral Care Worker - Neurological Support Services, East Burwood

Part-time  2–2.5 days negotiable – 1 year
Applications close 15th July 2016
Wesley Mission Victoria is looking for a Pastoral Care Worker who will deliver pastoral care services to clients, families and staff at our Wesley Neurological Support Services in East Burwood. Pastoral care offers a safe and confidential listening environment in which people can share something of their circumstances and life journey..............for full details click here.

Pastoral Carer - Southern Cross Care Melbourne

Part-time (2 days per week -  between 2 homes in Edithvale and Mentone)
Immediate start
We are seeking a qualified candidate to provide pastoral care across our two Homes, Nixon & Northcliffe, located in Mentone and Edithvale two days per week. Previous experience working in aged care, including dementia specific care is highly desirable. The successful applicants will need to be supportive of the ethos of Catholic aged care............for full details click here.

Team Chaplain - Oxford University Hospitals UK

Full time
Applications close 7th July 2016
We are seeking to recruit a resourceful and compassionate full-time chaplain to join the team at Sir Michael Sobell House. You will be working alongside a half-time colleague to support the spiritual, pastoral, and religious needs of hospice patients, their carers, and staff. The post-holder will be an integral member of the ecumenical and inter-faith chaplaincy team serving four sites across the Oxford University Hospitals and will have a particular responsibility to develop the spiritual care of patients in the acute wards who are approaching the end of their lives..............for full details click here.

Defence Force positions are being advertised again

For full details click here.

 Professional Development and Education  

SHV Spiritual Care Volunteer Training Program

The date for our next Training of Trainers in the use of our Spiritual Care Volunteer Training package has been arranged. For more information, or to register your interest in the Spiritual Care Volunteer Training Package contact Shinen Wong: or call (03) 8415 1144.

When:    Thursday, July 28th 2016      9am – 5pm
Where:   Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite Victoria Markets)

Certificate IV in Bereavement Support - July Intake

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is offering a Certificate IV in Bereavement Support. The course content (eleven units) is offered completely online and expected to take up to 12 months to complete.  For more information click here. Applications close 31st July 2016


Fundraising African Dinner Dance

The Mental Health Foundation of Ghana invites you to an evening of African and Latin Music, Drumming and sumptuous African Cuisine. The Guest Speaker is Betty Kitchener OAM, founder of Mental Health First Aid. Funds raised will purchase license and materials to enable them to adopt and deliver Mental Health First Aid in Ghana.
For further information contact Francis 0413 543 690 and visit the website.

When:         Saturday 6th August 2016       6.30pm
Where:        Preston Civic Centre, 28 Gower Street Preston 
Tickets:      $75 / $60 concession (Table of 10 $550) includes canapés, 2 course meal and drinks

Announcing dates and calls for submissions/abstracts

8th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
You are invited to submit an abstract to present on one of the many program topics, while addressing the Symposium theme, Mental Health Reform in Rural Australia - Working Together, Integrating Care. The Program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. For further information click here.

When:          3rd – 4th November 2016. Optional half day of workshops  Wednesday 2nd
Where:         Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW

Patient Experience Conference 2017

The Beryl Institute is excited to announce Patient Experience Conference 2017 will be held March 20-22 in Denver, Colorado. Patient Experience Conference is the largest independent, non-provider or vendor hosted event bringing together the collective voices of healthcare professionals across the globe to convene, engage and expand the dialogue on improving patient experience.
Have a great strategy or practice to share about improving patient experience? Call for Submissions for breakout sessions is until July 29, 2016.  For further information click here.

When:         20th - 22nd March 2017
Where:        Hyatt Regency Denver, Colorado


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