We have created a series of videos on some of the CHA publications listed on this page. In the videos we take you through a brief summary of the content of the resources and a number of leaders speak about how they have used the resources. They share some of their suggestions about how these resources can be used in a variety of ways to support the work of Catholic health and aged care services.
This resource has been developed by the Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Pathways Taskforce to assist Catholic organisations to evaluate the effectiveness of their formation programs.
Effective formation programs are essential to the leadership and governance of Catholic organisations as well as the inculturation of all staff into the communal, spiritual and organisational parameters of a Catholic ministry. This publication reflects on what we already know about formation and its impact. It draws on current literature and research to assist CHA members to better evaluation the impact of their formation programs and to keep learning in the process.
The booklet takes readers through a number of steps including:
- Defining what formation is
- Outlining the importance of formation
- Providing a practical guide to getting started by defining formation outcomes and setting a baseline for evaluation
- Explaining a number of tools and processes available to undertake evaluation; and
- An appendix with some practical examples and sample evaluation tools that could be used and adapted to suit organisations.
Recruiting for Mission Fit: Strengthening our Culture in Catholic Health and Aged Care is a resource to help ensure mission alignment is incorporated throughout recruitment exercises at all levels of the organisation. The resource works from the premise that the mission culture of our organisations depends on the people we have working for us – so ensuring that each step of a recruitment process builds in mission alignment will help us recruit the best people to build this culture.
Recruiting for Mission Fit: Strengthening our Culture in Catholic Health and Aged Care is a practical resource designed to help people at all levels in the organisation who are involved in recruitment. Sometimes the mission component gets left to the Director of Mission or members of the mission team. This document is about helping all people within the organisation build in mission to their recruitment and selection strategies. While it is not a human resource management document, it does follow the standard steps involved in a recruitment and selection process to enable people to recognise how awareness of ‘mission fit’ can be prioritised and built into these standard steps.
Mission is what makes our Catholic organisations distinctive and unless we are recruiting people who “get the mission thing,” we will lose that distinctiveness.
The Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services: Supplementary Papers includes a selection of articles, guidance documents and policies to provide practical and empirically-based insights into how the CHA Code of Ethical Standards (The Code), published in 2001, can be, and has been, used to guide ethical decisions in Catholic health and aged care.
Since The Code was written, many Catholic ethicists, clinicians and others have used it as a framework to guide them on a range of ethical issues in health and aged care. This has included many new and emerging issues which have taken on greater significance in health and aged care ethics since The Code was published.
As the title of this document suggests, these are supplementary papers to the CHA Code of Ethical Standards and as such it would be helpful for readers to also have a copy of The Code to hand for cross-referencing and background reading.
Together, The Code and The Supplementary Papers provide comprehensive reference material to guide ethical discussions, decisions and policy documents in Catholic health, aged and community care organisations and facilities.
Quality pastoral care is foundational to Catholic health and aged care. It is not an optional extra: to be a provider of Catholic health and aged care requires pastoral care to be part of all that we do. In 2015 Catholic Health Australia (CHA) conducted a pastoral care mapping survey of the Catholic health and aged care sector. The completed surveys represented 85 percent of Catholic hospital beds and 60 percent of Catholic provided residential aged care beds and community care places in Australia.
Based on the survey findings, CHA has prepared:
- A full report with an analysis of each of the questions together with an executive summary, the key findings and recommendations.
Launched at the 2015 Catholic Health Australia National Conference, together with The Role of Mission Leaders in Catholic Health and Aged Care, as well as Strengthening our Catholic Identity and Mission, Formation for Mission has been developed at the request of the Taskforce leading CHA's Pathway's Project, mandated by the members to facilitate a collaborative approach to leader formation.
Materials presented in this resource are intended to assist in the orientation and ongoing development of those new to leadership and governance roles in Catholic health and aged care. The particular focus is on discussing formation needs with newly appointed trustees, board members and senior executives.
The resource includes four sections: Section One addresses the question: what is formation in Catholic health and aged care?; Section Two suggests an approach to the conversations about formation with new people which can lead to a planned approach going forward; Section Three contains a suggested framework for reflecting on formation needs, namely CHA's leadership profile, Continuing the Mission - Expectations of Trustees, Board Directors and Executives, and; Section Four sets out benchmark expectations in terms of time commitments for trustees, board members and senior executives. It also outlines focus areas for formation sessions, programs that are currently available (or in the planning process) and enabling processes.
This discussion paper has been formulated at the request of the Taskforce leading Catholic Health Australia's Pathways Project which is mandated by the members to facilitate a collaborative approach to leader formation. The purpose is to enhance current and future governance and leadership capacity to ensure Catholic health and aged care ministries remain an authentic expression of the healing ministry of Jesus. This paper is intended to generate and inform discussion across the sector that will lead to greater understanding and appreciation for the Mission Leader in health and aged care services.
In particular, this paper intends to assist decision makers in: understanding the evolution of the role of Mission Leader over recent decades; understanding the purpose and responsibilities of the role in contemporary settings; recruiting effectively by clarifying capabilities required for the role; supporting current Mission Leaders so that they can best serve the organisation, and; developing people with potential to fill the role in the future i.e. succession planning.
Catholic organisations claim to be "a lived proclamation of the Gospel". Living up to this claim requires similar effort and rigour as is expended on ensuring the safety and quality of services. This template offers a structured and disciplined approach to assuring all stakeholders of the investment in continual growth in an authentic Catholic vision, identity and ethos, especially as the organisation responds and adapts to ever-changing circumstances and priorities such as staff changes, community needs and expectations, demands of funders and changing Church realities.
At the Catholic Health Australia national conference in August 2013, CHA launched Continuing the Mission, the latest resource to assist in the formation and development of leaders in Catholic health and aged care services. Continuing the Mission specifically offers a framework of expectations for trustees, board directors and executives. Continuing the Mission is free for CHA members.
Looking at the current turmoil facing contemporary health care systems worldwide, resulting from relentless imposition of financially-based performance indicators, the author argues that a return to a values-based approach to healthcare will create positive transformation. Writing from the fresh perspective of social anthropology, the author takes a highly pragmatic approach to practice, emphasising the importance of values such as compassion, solidarity and social justice.
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, the book is available from Footprink Books.
The Mission Discernment Resource is a guide for assisting Catholic health and aged care services -- and other Catholic organisations -- in the process of making decisions. Drawing upon Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and the Catholic Tradition, as well as the teaching of popes and other leaders through the centuries, the Mission Discernment Resource will assist services in making decisions, both large and small.
The Guide for Understanding the Governance of Catholic Health and Aged Care Services is a resource for Catholic health and aged care services as lay people are called upon to serve in leadership roles that were previously held by religious and priests. It was a collaborative project of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Health Australia and Catholic Religious Australia.
Click here to download the Guideline for Establishment of a Catholic Board Charter.
Can the Hippocratic and Judaeo-Christian tradition be synthesised with contemporary thought about practical reason, virtue and community to provide real-life answers to the dilemmas of health care today? Bishop Anthony Fisher discusses conscience, relationships and law in relation to the modern-day controversies surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, transplants, artificial feeding and euthanasia, using case studies to offer insight and illumination.
The book is available from Cambridge University Press.
This book brings together a unique collection of essays on the social determinants of health from some of Australia's leading health and social policy experts: medical professionals, academics, opinion leaders, thinkers and writers. Contained within its pages are diverse and confronting policy and practical proposals that invite all Australian governments to broaden their health policy parameters to include a new focus on the social determinants of health.
The Code of Ethical Standards is addressed to all health care practitioners working in Catholic health and aged care organisations.
Print copies of the Code of Ethical Standards can be purchased by clicking the link below or it can be downloaded for free.
Many people working in Catholic Health Australia facilities are unaware of the Code of Ethical Standards. Small pocket cards can be distributed to introduce people to the Code. To request copies of the pocket card, please contact Deborah Reynolds on 02 6203 2777.
Decoding the Code
An online program on ethics in the Catholic health and aged care sectors to enable professional development and staff formation in the Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia (2001). The course is jointly operated by Catholic Health Australia and BBI- The Australian Institute of Theological Education.
What you will learn
- Competence in identifying effective processes for resolving ethical problems;
- Competence in applying the CHA Code of Ethical Standards;
- A deeper appreciation of the Catholic ethical vision and its core principles;
- An understanding of the nature of ethics and ethical problems;
- An ability to analyse and respond to specific cases especially those common in Catholic health and ages care;
- Access to resources to assist in addressing ongoing ethical challenges.
About the course
The eight-session course will:
- Be based on the principles of adult learning and best practice in online pedagogy;
- Incorporate multi-media content from experts around Australia;
- Integrate ethical principles via case studies and the day today experience of participants;
- Support ethical practice in both eh clinical and wider organisational environment;
- Foster reflective practice;
- Require approximately two hours per session to complete (about 16 hours in total)
- Be uploaded fortnightly over a four month period;
- Offer access to feedback and group discussion via a tutor and an online learning community
Note: Some organisations arrange group meetings of participants to enrich the learning environment. The Director of Mission Integration within your organisation will be able to let you know if there is such a group where you work.
- $300 + GST (no gst for those in the Catholic organisations group for taxation purposes)
- Download the flyer and registration form (PDF).
Enquiries and registration
The program commences 24 August 2020
Contact: Belinda Srour
Phone: (02) 9847 0030
CHA recently released its educative resource booklet 'Catholic Care of the Ageing' which is an easy-to-read reflection on the essence of aged care ministry.
A booklet written for all who work in Catholic hospitals today that explores the origins, ethos, values and challenges of the modern Catholic hospital.
Application to Catholic Health and Aged Care Ministries in Australia.
The challenge to serve the poor must never be dismissed or relegated as merely one option amongst many. It requires effort and resolve. Fr Gerry Arbuckle has provided a roadmap for us all to journey in meeting Christ in the anawin.