LEARN­ING TO BRING HOPE

PAS­TORAL CARE DIPLOMA CAN MAKE A REAL DIF­FER­ENCE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - UP SKILL - Re­becca Dargie

OF­TEN un­sung, but vi­tal to the well­be­ing of aged care res­i­dents, pas­toral work­ers have a chal­leng­ing role.

The Diploma in Age­ing and Pas­toral Care and the Cer­tifi­cate IV in Pas­toral Care pro­vide a ground­ing for those who want to care for peo­ple’s emo­tional and spir­i­tual needs.

Holy Fam­ily Ser­vices train­ing co-or­di­na­tor Kath­leen Wall said: “Aged care is an in­creas­ingly di­verse sec­tor where em­ploy­ees could be work­ing with 150 res­i­dents from a va­ri­ety of cul­tural, spir­i­tual or re­li­gious back­grounds. It is vi­tal for em­ploy­ees to be able to sup­port a wide range of needs.”

Four mod­ules cover a range of is­sues re­lat­ing to pas­toral and spir­i­tual care of the el­derly with de­men­tia and in a pal­lia­tive set­ting.

A fifth mod­ule cov­ers man­age­ment skills and ac­cred­i­ta­tion, le­gal and eth­i­cal sit­u­a­tions.

Pic­ture: SIL­VIA JANSEN

Help oth­ers through a pas­toral care ca­reer.

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