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JCCV Launches Pastoral Care Report

JCCV Launches Pastoral Care Report

28 November 2012

Mapping the Provision of Pastoral Care for Jewish Patients in Hospitals

The desire to meet Melbourne Jewry’s pastoral care needs in healthcare had been recognised for some time by a number of Jewish professionals within the Victorian pastoral care community. To assess how proficiently the Jewish community was meeting community needs, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) funded a community engagement project to map the current pastoral care provision from professionals and volunteers, to find gaps and challenges in the system and make recommendations to improve pastoral care services.

The key findings were:
- Insufficient Rabbis and volunteers were available to visit Jewish patients;
- Supervision and support for volunteers was lacking;
- Hospital staff  had limited knowledge about Judaism and Jewish patients;
- Visits tended to be more social than pastoral; and
- There was no coordination as to which Rabbis and volunteers visited which hospitals.

Contact Jo Silver on or 9272 5566 for pastoral care contacts in the Jewish community.


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