Centre for Health and Social Research

Margaret Deerain

Catholic Health Australia (CHA)


Relevant professional roles
Margaret is the Mission Manager at Catholic Health Australia (CHA), the organisation representing Catholic health and aged care providers in Australia. One of Margaret’s responsibilities is to support the needs of pastoral practitioners working in the Catholic health and aged care sector. This includes supporting research, professional education opportunities, formation opportunities and facilitating communication with pastoral practitioners. In this role, Margaret has organised two CHA pastoral care forums focusing on pastoral care research. Margaret has also been involved in projects to support pastoral care research in Catholic health and aged care organisations and facilitates communication and collaboration between Catholic providers involved in pastoral care research.

Brief summary of experience
Margaret re-joined CHA in December 2014 as Mission Manager. Margaret previously worked with CHA in 2003-2005 as the Manager, Policy and Research. Between her two periods with CHA, Margaret completed a Master of Liberal Studies Majoring in Religious Studies from Georgetown University, Washington DC and worked for the Australian Medical Association in a policy/research position.
In her earlier career, Margaret worked for the Australian Government in the health, finance and employment portfolios. Margaret also holds a Master of Letters majoring in Sociology from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology.

Completed pastoral care research projects
Margaret undertook a pastoral care mapping survey of Catholic health and aged care providers in Australia during 2015. The report was published in 2016 and is available on the CHA Website.

Current pastoral care research projects
Margaret is a member of the project team for a Cabrini Health pastoral care study titled “Understanding spiritual encounters and requirements of Cabrini patients with an incurable, serious illness: Implications for service provision”