Hindu Council of Australia spiritual carers reflect on end of life care

By: Makarand Bhagwat.

On July 20, 2019, 18 members of the spiritual care team of Hindu Council of Australia (Victoria) met at a community centre in Mount Waverley to discuss palliative care.
What matters most to you?
In response to the question “What matters most to you?”, it was not surprising that one’s faith, family life and peace of mind ranked high for this group. Few were aware of community based palliative care services and availability of palliative services at home, or even that people at end-of-life may choose to die at home.

Some of the spiritual carers had more than 20 years experience, providing support to members of the community in prison, hospital or at home.

Spiritual carers available to provide support
Recently, 11 newly recruited spiritual carers completed a 20-hour training based on the guidelines of Spiritual Health Association (formerly Spiritual Health Victoria). The new graduates have already begun to respond to hospital calls. Mr.Makarand Bhagwat, Director, Hindu Council of Victoria supervises the team.

To contact a spiritual carer from Hindu Council of Victoria, please call Makarand Bhagwat, 0401350310, email melbourne@hinducouncil.com.au.

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