Spiritual care

Monash Health Spiritual Care provides person-centred care in a holistic approach to patients, their family, friends and staff. It is our intention to respond in a culturally sensitive manner to the diverse spiritual and emotional concerns experienced by people in hospital and those who care for them.

What we do?

Our Spiritual Care team offers support to people as they journey through times of illness, uncertainty, grief and loss. Meeting them at this vulnerable time, focusing on listening in a way that encourages each person to explore and express their hopes as well as their concerns, whilst drawing on their own spiritual and personal resources. The spiritual journey can be experienced in a very personal way or expressed through formal religious beliefs and practices of a person’s faith community.  Spiritual care support may focus on a person’s own values or on ritual practices from their faith tradition whilst acknowledging their diverse religious as well as multi-cultural needs.

By participating in your care we aim to

  • Be sensitive to specific cultural, religious or spiritual needs.
  • Respond with respect, empathy and compassion.
  • Offer confidential emotional and spiritual support when faced with illness, surgery, and end of life care.
  • Provide religious and sacramental care including prayer, communion, anointing.
  • Coordinate visits for you from representatives of various religious traditions.
  • Provide support for staff and volunteers.
  • Offer spiritual guidance in dealing with challenging experiences: letting go, saying goodbye, matters of forgiveness and reconciliation, meanings of suffering, life and death.

Spiritual Care Team

  • Spiritual Care Practitioners offer professional support which is available to all patients, relatives, friends and members of staff.
  • Visiting Ministers/Chaplains and ‘On Call’ Clergy from specific faith traditions are available to offer diverse religious support to all.
  • A team of trained volunteers also offer limited and supervised supports to inpatients.

Sacred Space or Chapel

A Sacred Space, Chapel, Meditation or Prayer Room is available at each site of Monash Health. People of all faiths and spiritual orientation are all welcome to take time out to reflect, pray or simply be still.  Find out more about service times from the different Monash Health sites: Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, and the Kingston Centre. 

The Spiritual Care service operates business hours from Monday to Friday.

Spiritual Care Coordinator contact information

Monash Medical Centre

Address

246 Clayton Road,
Clayton VIC 3168

Casey Hospital

Address

62-70 Kangan Drive,
Berwick, 3806

Dandenong Hospital

Address

135 David St,
Dandenong, 3175

Kingston Centre

Address

400 Warrigal Rd,
Cheltenham, 3192

Moorabbin Hospital

Address

823-865 Centre Rd,
Bentleigh East, 3165

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