Pastoral Services

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Northern Health upholds the World Health Organisation’s statement of respect for ‘the uniqueness of each person and the need to respond to each individual's spiritual quest for meaning, purpose and belonging’ (1998). Northern Health supports the spirituality of all patients, visitors and staff through the provision of Quiet/Prayer Rooms, the Multi Faith Chapel and Pastoral Services.

Pastoral/Spiritual Care is a general term, which encompasses the many ways in which Northern Health pays attention to the spiritual nature of patients, their visitors and staff.

For most people, their spirituality will include significant relationships and this may find expression in their involvement in community, religion, the natural environment, art and music.

Hospital admission, witnessing a death or experiencing bereavement may be the first occasion people seriously consider spiritual life, beliefs, faith or absence thereof. If this describes you, a patient or someone else you know, it may be beneficial to speak with someone from the Pastoral Services team. One of our team will listen, perhaps ask a few questions and, if you so desire, arrange to meet with the person concerned.  We respect your right to decline pastoral care support.

Services offered:

  • Bereavement support, grief and loss counselling
  • Pastoral/Spiritual care
  • Spiritual, religious and sacred texts
  • Emotional support
  • Ceremonial events and rites
  • Pastoral counselling
  • Blessing and Naming Ceremonies (postnatal)
  • Education and training
  • Religious care (sacraments, prayer, religious ministers)
  • Referral and consultation

    The Pastoral Services department can be contacted during business hours on 8405 8005  or AH on 8405 8000.


Spiritual Care Australia

Spiritual Health Victoria

Association for Supervised Pastoral Education in Australia

International Council on Pastoral Care and Counselling

Bereavement Brochure

Pastoral Care Brochure