Pastoral Care

At Bass Coast Health (BCH) we offer person-centred holistic care.  Pastoral Care is one aspect of our multi-disciplinary approach to health. It focuses on the spiritual and emotional aspects of well-being.

Spirituality is common to all people, irrespective of whether one has a specific religious belief or not.  It is about what gives meaning and hope in life, about ‘connections’ with oneself, others and the world around us.

Pastoral Care offers a ‘safe space’ to explore the deeper aspects of one’s life, especially during difficult or challenging periods. In times of transition, illness, crisis or loss a trained ‘listening ear’ and a ‘compassionate presence’ can be helpful.  Pastoral Care is not counselling; its aim is not to ‘fix’ things, but to offer non-judgmental companionship.

A conversation with a Pastoral Carer is offered, not imposed.  It is a free confidential service, supportive of all beliefs, religious traditions and cultures.

Pastoral care can help when;

  • Feeling anxious, lonely, confused
  • Coping with illness, change or loss
  • Feeling overwhelmed/powerless
  • Needing to make decisions
  • Struggling with family or personal issues
  • Exploring matters of faith
  • You would like someone to pray with you
  • Palliative or approaching death
  • Coping with grief or bereavement
  • Simply in need of a friendly ‘listening ear

The formal Pastoral Care Programme at Bass Coast Health began in 2011 with the appointment of a part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator to coordinate the provision of pastoral care for patients, residents and family members and staff.

Most of the pastoral visiting is carried out by a generous and dedicated group of Pastoral Care Volunteers who receive ongoing training and supervision from the Coordinator.

While they come from a number of the Churches in the area, their role as Pastoral Care Volunteers is to offer non-denominational spiritual support to all, regardless of religious affiliation.

Pastoral Care is normally available most week-days in the Bass Coast Health - Wonthaggi Hospital and Residential Aged Care facilities. You can simply talk with one of the friendly Pastoral Care volunteers when they visit (easily identifiable in their teal-coloured uniform shirts) or tell one of the staff you would like to see a Pastoral Carer.  If you would like, we are more than happy to facilitate a visit from your priest, minister or representative from your faith community.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact the Pastoral Care Coordinator (Tues & Wed) on 03 5671 3179.