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.
A list of key outcome areas for spirituality and spiritual care are here.
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This Masters Project by Dr Elizabeth Giles at the University of Tasmania reviews literature exploring factors that assist frail and ageing older people to transcend their losses, and to experience increased life satisfaction, well-being and peace of mind as they near...read more
This project, funded by the J.O & J.R. Wicking Trust, is an extension of a previous study1 to explore and evaluate the effectiveness of music with people who have dementia and depression. The first project, used four different programs of art, music, pastoral care and...read more
By intervening to minimise the levels of depression, it is believed that the effects and severity of dementia in elders will also be reduced. This will positively affect the quality of life for elders in residential care; ease the demand on health services and lessen...read more
Signs of significant changes among those growing older in western countries have been emerging over the past decade. These changes were identified in a study of housing tenure, lifestyle, family relationships and obligations of nearly 7,000 older Australians (Olsberg...read more
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.
These codes are particular to specialist spiritual care in healthcare institutions in Australia.
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).”
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.