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2019 PD Program - November

Date Posted: 26-Feb-2019

Professional Development Program (PD Program) for Spiritual Care Practitioners
Our next PD Program session for 2019 will be held on Wednesday 13 November, from 9.30am onwards at Baptcare Camberwell. 

There are a range of options for attendance including individual membership and organisational membership along with Single Month attendance - click here for the full 2019 PD Program Calendar and Presenter Biographical Details.

NOVEMBER TOPIC:  A medical perspective on spiritual care as part of whole person care of patients and family members

This session will start with a presentation by Dr Flynn on her perspective of the benefits of spiritual care for patients and families, particularly in Palliative and Aged Care and then move to an interactive session to discuss how spiritual care workers can best interact with medical staff in hospitals and health services for the benefit of patients and families.

Dr Eleanor Flynn has a medical degree from the university of Melbourne, a bachelor of education from LaTrobe university and a master of theology from the university of Divinity. She is retiring from the medical school at Melbourne university in January 2109 having taught ethics and communication and coordinated the aged care module for 19 years. From 1999 till 2016 she was also a senior palliative care specialist at St Vincent’s and Royal Melbourne. Since 2018 she has been a co-opted member of the board of Spiritual Health Association. She is interested in the interactions of spirituality and health, especially in relation to end of life issues, death and bereavement. She will be teaching a subject at the University of Divinity with Dr Claire Renkin in second semester 2019 entitled “Death, Dying and Grief: Through the Lens of Art and Spirituality".


The PD Program is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at different hospitals between March and November (with a break for the month of July) and features:
*  Guest educators on a diverse range of issues pertinent to spiritual care
*  Afternoon Facilitated Discussion Groups - small groups meet for an hour to discuss the morning education session, and any implications for work practice (optional).
*  Guided prayer and reflection (in keeping with a multi-faith focus)
*  Morning tea and lunch.
For more information phone 8415 1144.  For single month registrations please fill in this form and forward to [email protected].

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