Pastoral, spiritual care and chaplaincy

Pastoral Care, also known as Spiritual Care, provides someone who can listen, and offers companionship and support to patients, their family members and friends, and to staff.

Important information

In line with the Victorian Government’s new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, which came in to effect at midnight on 25 March, Monash Health has closed its Sacred Spaces, Prayer Rooms and Chapels.

All places of worship across Victoria are now closed. No on-call clergy or visiting chaplains of any denomination will be able to visit during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience. In the meantime, Spiritual Care Coordinators can be contacted on the details below during business hours.

Pastoral Care, also known as Spiritual Care, provides someone who can listen, and offers companionship and support to patients, their family members and friends, and to staff.

Our Pastoral and Spiritual care is focused on listening in such a way that allows each person to explore and express their hopes and concerns, whilst drawing on their own spiritual and personal resources. Our Pastoral and Spiritual Care workers respond as appropriate to multi-cultural needs.

Pastoral care engages with people as they work though issues such as:

  • personal concerns or celebrations
  • the experience of illness
  • relationships, including family concerns
  • dealing with change, loss and grief
  • spirituality and life’s meaning

By participating in your care we aim to:

  • offer understanding
  • listen generously without judgement
  • maintain confidentiality
  • be sensitive to particular cultural, religious or spiritual needs
  • respond to and make referrals

Pastoral Care Staff

  • Pastoral Care workers offer support to all patients, family members and staff
  • Visiting Ministers and Chaplains support people within a specific faith tradition
  • ‘On Call’ Clergy and Chaplains are available from most faith traditions for people seeking support from someone of their tradition

A Sacred Space or Chapel is available at each site. These are a shared space where all faiths and understandings of
spirituality are respected. They provide a place for anyone who would like to take time out to reflect, pray or simply be still.

Monash Health CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Centre

Monash Health conducts units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Casey Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.  CPE is strongly recommended for those seeking employment in Pastoral Care in health care settings.

Contact information

Monash Medical Centre

Pastoral care coordinator: Emil Neven

Address

246 Clayton Road,
Clayton VIC 3168

Casey Hospital

Pastoral care coordinator: Ian Breguet

Address

Kangan Drive,
Berwick, 3806

Dandenong Hospital

Pastoral care coordinator: Ray Higgs

Address

135 David St,
Dandenong, 3175

Kingston Centre

Pastoral care coordinator: Kerry Bounds

Address

400 Warrigal Rd,
Cheltenham, 3192

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