Spiritual Health Association (SHA) is a peak body whose purpose is to advance health through advocacy for and promotion of compassionate person-centred spiritual care in health services.
We collaborate with health services to expand the availability and accessibility of spiritual care within Australia through advocacy, leadership, research, support and development.
SHA’s Strategic Objectives include:
- Provision and evaluation of best practice spiritual care across health services
- Integration and coordination of best practice spiritual care across health services
- Development of a competent and accountable workforce
- Building our reputation as a trusted leader and advocate for the provision of compassionate, person-centred spiritual care in health services across Australia.
Spiritual Health Association works with government, peak bodies and standard agencies; education and research institutions; health services and organisations; patients, consumers and carers and organisations representing diverse cultures, beliefs, traditions and practices.
SHA is reviewing their Capability Framework for Spiritual Care Practitioners in Health Services (2016). Updated Quality Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Health will be available in early 2020.
SHA is undertaking a Certification Project in 2019 together with the national professional body Spiritual Care Australia, to identify the process and requirements for certification of spiritual care practitioners working in health. Spiritual Health and SCA plan to implement a pilot to test the recommendations from the project in 2020.