Lynda R. Campbell Memorial Lecture Series: Topics in Diversity


Spirituality and Spiritual Health Care:
The role of health care clinicians in interfaith holistic care

Lindsay B. Carey, Ph.D. and Christa Carey-Sargeant, M.Ed., CPSP.

Within many countries the face of social and clinical health care has changed substantially, particularly in terms of meeting the various needs of people from different cultures and beliefs who have migrated from distant shores as a result of poverty, persecution and war. Caring for an increasing number of people who are from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds has the potential to present considerable challenges that can raise a number of issues and questions. Should we consider spiritual issues when caring for clients / patients well being? What is the evidence to support the inclusion of spiritual care within professional practice? Are there models to help us comprehend the complex variety of spiritual beliefs and spiritual needs that we may encounter? What are the implications of not considering spirituality or interfaith spiritual care? How can we develop a truly holistic practice that incorporates spirituality and interfaith care? Such topics will be explored in a series of presentations and a workshop presented by Dr. Lindsay Carey and Christa Carey-Sargeant.

Dr. Lindsay B. Carey, M.App.Sc., PhD. (La Trobe), is an Australian Lecturer and Research Fellow in Public Health and Palliative Care with the Palliative Care Unit, School of Public Health and Human Biosciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Trained in educational audiology, public health, theology, bioethics and pastoral care, he has fulfilled a variety of roles including industrial chaplaincy, welfare chaplaincy, health care chaplaincy and defense force chaplaincy plus holding a combination of tertiary teaching and research positions for over 20 years. Dr. Carey has over 50 publications exploring spirituality, religiosity, communication, health promotion and the role of chaplains. He has undertaken pastoral care research across Australia, within England and New Zealand. He has a particular interest with regard to ‘identity sacralization' and interfaith spiritual care plus the role of allied health clinicians in assessing and providing spiritual care. Dr. Carey was awarded in 2010, Life Membership of ‘Spiritual Care Australia' (The Australian Professional Association for Practitioners in Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care and Spiritual Services) and is an Honorary Faculty Scholar of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University (North Carolina).

Co-presenter is Christa Carey-Sargeant, B.Sp.Path. (La Trobe), M.Ed. (Melb), M.S.P.A.A., C.P.S.P. Christa is a Senior Speech Pathologist with the Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Melbourne, Australia. Christa has specialized in pediatric speech pathology for nearly 20 years covering both city and rural contexts and within private and public institutions. Christa currently provides therapy services to primary, secondary and special schools for hearing impaired children in the Eastern Region of Melbourne. Christa is also engaged in speech and hearing impairment research with the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne. Her research publications have considered pausing and reciprocity among children utilizing hearing aids and cochlear implants. Christa is also a clinical supervisor in Speech Pathology for the School of Human Communication Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

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