Pastoral Care aims to respond to the diverse spiritual and emotional concerns experienced through hospitalisation for patients and those who care for them.

The Pastoral and Spiritual Care Services Team support people as they journey through times of illness and associated uncertainty. We assist people to draw on their own ‘spiritual’ resources, those things that provide meaning, purpose and a sense of belonging. For some people, the ‘spiritual’ is expressed through formal religious belief, practice and community. For others, it is realised through informal beliefs and practice, often connected to meaning drawn from culture, relationships and life experiences. Our service is provided by trained Spiritual Care practitioners and Faith Community Chaplains.

Our services include

  • Confidential emotional and spiritual support during illness, surgery, and hospitalisation

  • Emotional and spiritual support for families and carers
  • Religious and sacramental care including prayer, communion, anointing
  • Coordinating visits by representatives from most religious traditions
  • Support for staff and volunteers of the Royal Melbourne Hospital

​Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education

A centre for the training and supervision of people who are seeking to be, or are already engaged in, pastoral and spiritual care. Part-time and full-time programs of education are offered according to the Standards of the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria (ASACPEV).

Two part-time programs of 18 weeks duration are offered on a semester basis annually. A full-time program is offered from mid-November to the end of January each year. Individual supervision is also offered by appointment.

Find our more about the ​Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education.


Find our more about service times at the City Campus and Royal Park Campus.


Referrals should be considered:

  • For specific religious or spiritual needs, such as faith questions, sacraments
  • When a person has received bad news regarding their own or a family member’s condition
  • When the patient’s current situation has triggered memories or fears of past events that are distressing, especially when impacting on their spiritual beliefs and practice
  • When a person presents as struggling with their sense of spiritual identity and meaning
  • When a person is experiencing inner conflict in the midst of making decisions about treatment, especially in relation to spiritual beliefs and practice

Contact Pastoral Care to make a referral.