Pastoral & spiritual care

Pastoral Care and Spirituality Services (PCSS) at the Women’s is a free confidential service, offering emotional and spiritual support to all patients, their family and friends, and staff at the hospital.

Spending time in hospital may cause feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and stress. Our pastoral care workers are dedicated to working with people from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds.

Telling your story in a supported environment may help you to express your feelings of confusion, sadness, grief or loneliness and help to clarify your thoughts about your experience.

The Women’s PCSS works as part of a multi-skilled team offering:

  • emotional and spiritual support
  • opportunities for prayer or reflection
  • rituals at times of personal significance
  • support and guidance on issues of death and dying
  • pastoral counselling
  • access to sacred texts
  • sacraments such as communion and baptism, with anointing upon request
  • visits on the ward at your request
  • contact with a representative from most religious traditions
  • annual memorial service to acknowledge the significance of pregnancy loss and babies who die.

You may wish to see a pastoral care worker if you:

  • are feeling lonely, upset or overwhelmed
  • are grieving
  • are struggling with future decisions
  • are having difficulty with your illness
  • wish to explore questions of faith
  • simply want a friendly, listening ear.

Representatives from various traditions may be available upon request. Please ask a pastoral care worker which representatives are available, as they do change from time to time.

The PCSS team can be contacted Monday to Friday 9am–5pm

Sacred Space

The Sacred Space is located on the ground floor in the corridor connecting the Women’s and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Look out for the passage lined with artwork and scared texts.

The Space is available every day for patients, family, visitors and staff, offering a peaceful place for prayer and reflection. Lighting of candles or incense can be arranged by request. The Sacred Space displays universal symbols of water, fire, earth and air, to respect and acknowledge spiritual expression in our diverse community.

Sacred texts are provided for prayer or reflection and a prayer journal for recording your thoughts or prayers. A memorial book is also available for bereaved parents upon request.

Regular events within the Sacred Space:

  • Meditation (20 mins) - Mondays and Wednesdays at 1pm 
  • Ecumenical service (20 mins) - Tuesday 1pm
  • Reflective music - Thursday all day
  • Muslim prayers (45 mins) - Friday 1.30pm
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