Spiritual Care Australia 2020


Claire Williams, Conference Facilitator 
Claire Williams is a communications professional who has worked as an arts manager, actor, voiceover artist and writer/editor. She is currently president of Newcastle Theatre Company. Claire was formerly Faculty Director, Creative Industries at Hunter TAFE and has recently completed Australian Research Council-funded research at The University of Newcastle mapping the creative industries in the Hunter Region. As an academic, she has published in the areas of empathy, creative industries and censorship. She has a personal interest in spirituality and ethics.
Claire facilitated the 2018 SCA Conference in Newcastle. 


 Geraldine Doogue

Geraldine Doogue is a renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster with experience in print, television and radio. While originally planning a career as a schoolteacher after completing her Arts degree, in 1972 Geraldine applied on an impulse for a journalism cadetship with The West Australian instead.

During her career with both the ABC and commercial media she has won two Penguin Awards for excellence in broadcasting from the Television Society of Australia and a United Nations Media Peace Prize. In 2000 Geraldine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting. In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media. Geraldine tackles a wide range of subjects with rigour, optimism, humour and warmth.

George Fitchett 
Department of Religion Health and Human Values, College of Health Sciences 
Director of Research, Department of Religion Health and Human Values 
Rush University  

George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, is a professor and the director of research in the Department of Religion, Health & Human Values. He also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush and in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Fitchett is a board certified chaplain (APC) and certified pastoral supervisor (ACPE). In 1990, he developed the research program in the Department of Religion, Health & Human Values, one of the first such programs in any chaplaincy department. His research has examined the relationship between religion and health in a variety of community and clinical populations. His books include
Assessing Spiritual Needs and Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy, which was co-edited with Steve Nolan. In 2015, he co-led a team that received grants of $4.5 million from the John Templeton Foundation to advance research literacy among health care chaplains.

Dan Fleming 
Group Manager - Ethics and Formation, St Vincent's Health Australia  

Dr Dan Fleming is Group Manager – Ethics and Formation for St Vincent’s Health Australia, a role which sees him leading ethics education, advice and strategy as well as supporting formation across the St Vincent’s Health Australia network. Dan also chairs the Catholic Health Australia Taskforce established to provide leadership and common response to Victoria’s ‘Voluntary Assisted Dying’ Act. Dan holds a PhD in moral philosophy and theology, and is the author of over 30 publications in the areas of moral philosophy, theological ethics, moral education, religious education and theology. His forthcoming book Attentiveness to Vulnerability will be released this year.

Carolyn Rickett
Associate Dean (Research) and lectures in Communication, Nursing, and Chaplaincy, Avondale University College and Chaplian, Sydney Adventist Hospital 
Associate Carolyn is an Associate Dean (Research) and lectures in Communication, Nursing and Chaplaincy at Avondale University College. Her research in medical humanities and chaplaincy also informs her professional and pastoral contribution to Sydney Adventist Hospital's spiritual care team.
David Tacey
Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University
David has published several bestselling books on mental health, spirituality and gender. Many of his books and articles are with international publishers and he often writes by invitation from editors and publishers. He is an interdisciplinary scholar who works across several fields, including literary studies, psychoanalytic studies and religious studies.




Send in the Clowns: Chaplin/Chaplains: spiritual care as a circus 
David Glenister, Coordinator of Pastoral and Spiritual Care Services, Royal Melbourne Hospital 

David Glenister is the coordinator of Pastoral and Spiritual Care Services at Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Director of the CPE centre there. He is an accredited Clinical Pastoral Supervisor with the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria (ASACPEV), President of the association and a member of its Registration and Certification committee. He is also the Australia and New Zealand Association for CPE representative to the International Congress of Pastoral Care and Counselling (ICPCC), and attended the conference in Malaysia in August 2019. David holds qualifications in theology, fine arts, management, and is a member of the Melbourne Health Research Ethics Committee. David enjoys bush walking and Tai Chi with wife Anja, painting (pictures not fences) and reading.

The Pilgrimage Continues: where to from here? 
Jenni Harris, Therapist, The Arts Therapy Studio 

For over 25 years I have worked in private practice, universities and medical settings offering processes based on creative arts and contemplative methods of inquiry. I provide reflective-practice supervision, professional development, teaching and individual client work. My calling is to offer sacred space to explore possibilities to individuals and groups.
This experiential approach enables a practical and transformative means of reflection on professional, contemplative and personal considerations. I am a mother and grandmother, and I hold a both a Professional Doctorate and Masters in Creative Arts Therapy, plus numerous diverse trainings in various fields from transpersonal practices to professional supervision.

How much is enough? As organisations desperately try to budget for spiritual support, various benchmarking methods have been adopted. How do we know what to ensure when it comes to ensuring quality support that is efficient & effective? 
Jean Shannon, Head of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practice, Uniting NSW.ACT 

Rev Jean Shannon has been a chaplain for over a decade. Before entering the ministry, she was the managing director of Jean Shannon and Associates, an international boutique consultancy specialising in structural reform and change management. Jean taught at post grad level at ANU and CSU and holds degrees in Business, teaching, communication, mediation and conciliation and theology. She has just completed her placement as the Head of Chaplaincy, is a member of the SCA Board an Chair of the NSW Civil Chaplains Advisory Committee. She is a spiritual director and writer. 

The Capability Framework for Professional Spiritual Care Practitioners in Health Services: Equal Partners in Care in the 2020’s 
Heather Tan, Manager Education and Research, Spiritual Health Association 

Heather has a background in education, research, spiritual care and counselling with a particular focus on palliative care. She has experience in tertiary education at post graduate level in the areas of loss, grief, spiritual care, issues in death and dying, research methods. She has participated in research and publications in the areas of spiritual care, grief and bereavement, psychosocial and spiritual issues in palliative care and research literacy. Her role at Spiritual Health Association as the Manager of Education and Research has engaged in the above areas and included collaboration with partners locally and internationally, in the healthcare sector. These have been directed to developing an understanding of patient experience of spiritual care and an evidence base for best practice.