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Pastoral care placements on offer at St John of God Health Care

A new partnership with The University of Notre Dame Australia is providing pastoral care students real life experience in our hospitals.

St John of God Health Care pastoral placements 

The partnership enables students studying a Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Pastoral Care) to complete their practicum placement, also known as an immersion experience, at any St John of God Health Care hospital in Western Australia or New South Wales.

St John of God Health Care Group Manager Pastoral Services Eleanor Roderick said the immersion experience provided a great opportunity to build awareness of pastoral care as a professional calling.

“It offers students the opportunity to experience the depth and diversity of pastoral ministry in a Catholic health care setting, develop their pastoral awareness and spiritual assessment skills and engage in reflective practice to support their skill development,” she said.

“It also gives our current caregivers and potential future caregivers an opportunity to obtain tertiary qualifications in this area.”

Applications to complete the practicum placement at a St John of God Health Care hospital are currently open for current Notre Dame University students looking to complete the course in semester two.

Successful candidates complete 50 hours of supervised immersion in pastoral ministry at one of our hospitals, completed over four to eight weeks.