Pastoral Care

‘Central to the delivery of health care in the Catholic ministry is the virtue of caritas – that special love of others which characterised Christ.’
- ‘Being a Catholic Hospital’, CHA 2004

For many patients, the time they spend in hospital is a time they are more likely to experience vulnerability and uncertainty. This is not only reflected in their physical condition but also in the emotional and spiritual journey which accompanies the experience of illness, pain and loss.

The ministry of Pastoral Care provides patients with carers who walk this journey with them. As an integral part of our health care team, Pastoral Care professionals offer a unique service that recognises the specific cultural, contextual, physical, emotional, spiritual and religious needs of the person.

Our Pastoral Care team members accompany patients, their families, friends and staff as they articulate their hopes, fears, anxieties and concerns. Our team responds to patients in the present moment and assists them to find and draw upon their own resources. 

Pastoral Care acknowledges and supports those who draw strength from their religious tradition or faith. 

Chaplaincy services

Chaplaincy services are integral to the care and ministry provided by St Vincent’s Hospital.

There is a dedicated Catholic Chaplain as well as Anglican and Presbyterian chaplains who work onsite.

Additionally, registered visiting Jewish and Muslim chaplains provide religious support to patients.

The pastoral care team liaises with ministers and representatives from Christian Orthodox, Buddhist and various protestant churches as requested by patients.

If you wish to see either a Pastoral Practitioner, or a chaplain from your own tradition, please ask the nursing staff caring for you, or call the Pastoral Care department on 8382 2572