What is different about Catholic healthcare?

A Catholic Vision

Note the questions at the end of this presentation not very good quality on the screen.

Bishop Michael Putney, former Bishop of Townsville (deceased 28 March 2014) talks about how a Catholic vision underpins the identity of Catholic health and aged care services. A core element of that vision is the special relationship between staff and their patients and residents. A Catholic health or aged care facility will want to provide good, professional care, it will want to heal people and it will want someone in their care to feel like a person, not just a patient/client/resident.

Communicating the Catholic Vision Part 1 and Part 2

Is what we say and what we do the same thing? Communicating the Catholic vision is important but actions speak louder than words.

Monsignor Paul Tighe, currently Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture (and formerly secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications), challenges Catholic health and aged care providers to consider the hidden messages in the way organisations communicate and what they ought to aspire to when they communicate. He discusses the importance of referring to people as people and not as “adjectives,” providing as much freedom as possible to keep their humanity and to always provide excellence in care. In addition to excellent medical care, it is the personal care and attention that people receive that should make Catholic health care different.

Catholic Healthcare is Alive and Well

Sr Helen Monkivitch RSM, AO believes it is an exciting time to be in Catholic Health and aged care – find out why.

Sr Helen Monkivitch, RSM, AO, and long-time leader at Mercy Health in Victoria speaks about the long tradition of Catholic health and aged care in Australia and why it is an exciting time to be delivering Catholic health and aged care services today. Sr Helen discusses a number of issues which are important in delivering Catholic health and aged care services including the possibilities arising from the transition from religious leadership to lay people; Canon Law and the role of the local Bishop/s; the importance of pastoral care; The Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic health and Aged Care and the need for a strong emphasis on the formation of our leaders.