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Acknowledgement
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Spiritual Care, Chaplains and Sacred Space

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The Spiritual Care Team, including Chaplains and volunteers, who have completed accredited training, provide pastoral and spiritual care for patients, families and staff.

Spiritual Care: Finding hope, comfort, support and strength

We care about what matters to you.

The Spiritual Care Team, including Chaplains and volunteers, who have completed accredited training, provide emotional and spiritual care for patients, families and staff. If you would like to be visited by a Spiritual Care team member or Chaplain, the ward staff will arrange it for you. The Spiritual Care Coordinator or Chaplains can contact a variety of religious traditions and support networks including Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths.

Spiritual Care is currently available in:

  • English
  • Arabic: عربى
  • Dari, Farsi, Hazaragi: دری
  • Cantonese: 广 , 廣東話
  • Mandarin: 普通话, 普通話
  • Swahili: Kiswahili

How to access this service

Hours

For urgent needs there is a Spiritual Care Chaplain on call at all times, who can be contacted by calling the switchboard – Ph: (08) 8161 7000.

Location

  • Level 1, Zone B, Good Friday building
  • room no 1f1- 08b
Spiritual Care team

– Spiritual Care Team

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What does spiritual care do?

The Spiritual Care Team provides respectful, empathetic support for WCHN patients and families. This support includes emotional, spiritual and religious aspects of life, based on what each patient and family would like.

Spiritual Care Team members regularly introduce themselves to patients and families. They offer sensitive and culturally appropriate support to all.

How does spiritual care help?

Coming to hospital can bring up a range of thoughts and feelings for people. Many people find that talking to someone outside of their situation helps them to process or understand their thoughts and feelings and identify their sources of strength and support. This often brings a sense of relief and clarity.

Is spiritual care just for religious people?

No. Spiritual care is for everyone. Whoever you are and whatever you believe, you will find the team to be respectful, providing care that is personalised to you.

Is religious or faith-based support available?

Yes. A wide range of religious, cultural and faith based support is available in a variety of languages. Please contact us and we will arrange this.

Do I have to talk to spiritual care?

No. Use of this service is voluntary. Patients and families are free to choose whether to talk with spiritual care team members. You are welcome to tell team members that you would not like to talk to them at that time, or at all.

Sacred Space

The Sacred Space is available for personal or group reflection, meditation and prayer. The indoor and outdoor aspects of the Sacred Space bring an atmosphere that respects all attitudes to faith or spirituality. It may also be used for more formal settings of worship, baptisms and blessings.

The Sacred Space is located in Zone B, on the first floor of the Good Friday Building, opposite the Play Deck. It is open 24 hours.

Contact

Phone

Cathy Haakmeester
Spiritual Care Coordinator
(08) 8161 7000 (WCH switchboard)

Email

cathy.haakmeester@sa.gov.au

Mailing address

Spiritual Care Coordinator
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006