What is the value of pastoral care?

Pastoral Care: Anchoring people

Pastoral care helps people be able to draw on their own internal and external resources to get through trying times. All staff in Catholic health and aged care have a role to play.

Mary Ringstad from Calvary Mater Newcastle, speaks about the responsibility of all staff to support the emotional and spiritual well-being of patients and residents. There are also specialist pastoral care staff who are trained practitioners who work together with multidisciplinary teams to ensure when necessary that patients and their families have the opportunity to:

- Explore issues of faith and meaning, especially as these are impacted by the experience of illness;
- Identity their own interior resources and external supports;
- Access the sacraments and other rituals associated with their religious practice; and
- Receive support during times of bereavement and loss.

Catholic Social Teaching – a unique lens for decision making

Catholic Social Teaching needs to come off the shelf! Watch this episode to see how it can be a lens for decision making in our organisations.

In this episode, Julie Morgan, former group manager, social justice policy and practice at St Vincent's Health Australia, suggests the need for two "lenses" of Catholic Social Teaching to be brought to bear on decision-making. One lens enables people to see the immediate situation of people experiencing disadvantage; the other lens allows reflection on the causes of their disadvantage that need to be addressed. The body of wisdom contained in Catholic Social Teaching offers a guide for ordering the structures that underpin Catholic Health and Aged Care and the discernment process for deciding on what services are offered, and how they are delivered.