The Chaplains Advisory Committee was formed in the mid 1950's to liaise with the Government and to advocate for funding to provide chaplaincy services in the healthcare sector. This committee was the predecessor of the Interchurch Chaplaincy Committee of Victoria, formed in 1974, and became an incorporated body in 1989. In 2002 the committee changed its name to the Healthcare Chaplaincy Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCCVI) to emphasise its health portfolio and responsiveness to both ecumenical and interfaith agendas. We have received Government funding to provide education, training and resources for the development of chaplaincy and pastoral care services in the healthcare sector. 2011 celebrated the transition to a Multi-faith organisation and it has been with great pleasure that we have welcomed as new members the Hindu Community Council of Victoria, Buddhist Council of Victoria, Islamic Council of Victoria, Salvation Army and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria. In 2012 we welcomed the Macedonian Orthodox Church as well as the Orthodox Churches who have formed the Orthodox Christian Chaplaincy Council of Victoria and in 2014 the Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria has joined us.The work already commenced in enabling and supporting the capacity of these communities to provide spiritual care in the health sector has been significant and ensures that our organisation reflects and responds to the breadth of spirituality found in the Victorian population.

2012-2013 saw new funding models introduced by the State Government in line with the National Health Reform Agreement. In this Agreement there is a commitment to move service delivery programs into an activities based model of funding. The current funding to churches and faith communities from the State Government for chaplaincy and pastoral care services in health is changing and the implications of the new funding model are currently being worked out.

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In 2014 we re-branded ourselves with a new name and logo. We feel the new brand is a more accurate reflection of who we represent and supports our focus on spiritual care – an inclusive term describing a spectrum of services including spiritual support, pastoral care, faith-based chaplaincy, religious services and other rituals. Spiritual Health Victoria remains committed to identifying and working with the key issues that need to be addressed if we are to meet the challenge to develop a model of person-centred, compassionate and holistic health care for Victoria.


Click here for our new Foundational Statement, Vision and Mission Statements, our Values and Operating Principles.


Mrs Kathy James (Chair)
Ms Cheryl Holmes OAM (CEO ex officio)
Mr Denis Torrens (Treasurer ex officio)
Mr Daniel Bellis
Reverend Bhakta dasa
Reverend David Dawes 
Reverend Stephen Delbridge
Venerable Hojun Futen
Mr Ayman Islam
Very Reverend Tone Gulev
Major Tracey English
Reverend Monsignor Tony Ireland
Mr David Marlow
Mr Jasbir Singh Suropada
Sr Trudy Keur
Reverend Dr. Alan Niven
Reverend Veselin Svorcan
Reverend Gordon Wegener 
Ms Allison Whitby
Mr Paul Zammit



Mrs Kathy James (Chair) 
Mr Denis Torrens (Treasurer)
Mrs Cheryl Holmes OAM (CEO) 
Reverend David Dawes
Reverend Stephen Delbridge
Venerable Hojun Futen
Reverend Gordon Wegener


Reference groups are formed from time to time to assist and guide specific projects. Groups are made up of informants and practitioners of relevant experience and expertise.


Constitution July 2011 Constitution July 2011 (108 KB)

Strategic Plan 2012-2015

Strategic Plan 2012-2015 Strategic Plan 2012-2015 (462 KB)

Annual Report 2013 -2014
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Download Rev'd Dr Bruce Rumbold's AGM presentation Spiritual Care & Health - what next?: Presentation


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