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Research Reports

From time to time we upload research reports to this open section. The majority of items in the Resources Clearing House are only available to members and can be accessed in the Member’s Zone after your organisation sends you their unique login link.

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Further resources to support spiritual care

Please find below a range of interesting resources to support you in providing spiritual care to older people and their families. We invite you to contribute similar resources that you think will support others working in aged care.

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Response to COVID-19: An Australian Case Study – The McKellar Centre by David Drummond and Lindsay Carey.

Published in Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, this article is free to members of Meaningful Ageing Australia, until 31 December 2020, courtesy of the publishers, Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Abstract: This article will consider a practitioner’s experience of the impact of COVID-19 on spiritual care within aged care at the McKellar Centre, Barwon Health, Victoria, Australia. Using Sulmasy’s (2002) paradigm, the provision of holistic care will be considered in terms of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual service variations that were necessary in order to continue to provide for the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society – namely those in aged care. The WHO Spiritual Care Intervention codings (WHO, 2017) will be utilized to specifically explore the provision of spiritual care to assist the elderly requesting or needing religious/pastoral intervention. COVID- 19 has radically shaped the environment of the McKellar Centre, however, the needs of elderly aged care residents must continue to be met, and this paper seeks to document how that process has been resolved in light of COVID-19. As pandemics are likely to reoccur, future issues for providing spiritual care from a distance, for the benefit of clients, their families, chaplains and health care organizations, will be noted. It must be acknowledged however, that the pandemic impact within Australia (and indeed much of the Oceania region) has been considerably less to that experienced by other regions of the world. Nevertheless, the preparatory and supportive response of spiritual care undertaken at the McKellar Centre speaks to a local response to an international crisis.

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The Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) Tenth Edition codes for spiritual care

These codes are particular to specialist spiritual care in healthcare institutions in Australia.


Muslim Aged Care – A practical guide for service providers

The Muslim Aged Care: A Practical Guide for Service Providers (or the Guide) is a comprehensive resource for Muslim aged care. It covers wide-ranging topics such as, religion, culture, and identity of Muslims to provide the context and basis for planning culturally appropriate care for them. Using text boxes, illustrations, exercise, and case studies, the Guide draws attention to key issues and concepts that would help providers of aged care to better understand and respond to the cultural needs of Muslims. It explains in detail the daily care routines of a Muslim—the what and the how. Authored by Mahjabeen Ahmad, an independent researcher and advocate of Muslim aged care in Australia and winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Award in Aged Care (Individual category), the Guide builds on the first Muslim aged care report in South Australia co-authored by Mahjabeen and published online in 2013 titled Muslims in Australia and their Aged Care Needs: An Exploratory Study with Special Reference to South Australia (updated in 2015).”


Ritual Washing of the Body – A Guide for Care Staff

The ‘Ritual Washing of the Body – A Guide for Care Staff’ was developed by Annie Whitlocke, a spiritual care practitioner, funeral celebrant, and death doula. She has extensively studied death rituals, and has drawn together her experience here to guide you in supporting family members to tend to their loved one’s body.