Multi-site study to examine the benefits of Pastoral Care to hospital patients and aged care residents
While pastoral care practitioners are employed throughout hospital and aged care settings, evidence for the impact of their services is generally limited to case studies or single-cohorts. What is missing from the literature is a cross-context, large-scale study that provides generalisable and objective data on the impact of pastoral care. This evidence is important for presenting pastoral care as a distinct discipline and demonstrating its unique value to government agencies that fund health and aged care service provision. This study seeks to address this gap in the literature through an anonymous survey distributed to patients and residents in hospital and aged care settings who received pastoral care. The study is being conducted across more than 40 sites with the following collaborators: Mercy Health, St John of God, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, Southern Cross Care and Cabrini Health.
Cabrini Vale Impact Study: Impact evaluation of a specialist bereavement program for older people
Ms Jacqueline Taylor, Coordinator, Cabrini Vale Community Bereavement Support, Cabrini
Cabrini Vale is a community based bereavement support program for older people. The aim of this research is to evaluate the impact of the bereavement support taken up by participants at Cabrini Vale since October 2015, when a regular fortnightly Drop In Group began. Potential participants will be bereaved men and women aged between 58-88 years, either living independently in the community, or who have moved into supported accommodation post taking up the bereavement support program. Vale participants can offer rare insights into the impact of a comprehensive, professionally led bereavement program that is the first initiative of its kind. This research will be useful for other organizations likely to replicate the program, and add to the discussion around the complexity of ageing, loss and bereavement.
Understanding how pastoral care does and should fit into the youth justice system
Prof Sandra Jones, Director, Ms Chloe Gordon, Research Officer, Centre for Health and Social Research
There is an absence of research conducted on pastoral care in the juvenile justice context. Yet chaplains working in this context potentially play an important role in supporting juvenile offenders and breaking the cycle of delinquent behavior. This research will include a narrative review of what exists in relation to pastoral care in the juvenile justice context. This will be followed by interviews with key organizations to gain a comprehensive understanding of chaplains’ involvement and impact in the juvenile justice context, and the gaps in knowledge and practice. A Delphi study will follow, and be used to facilitate consensus among experts in the field on the critical research questions to pursue.