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Principle 3: Role in Hospitals

Vital Component

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is a vital component of healthcare and the Department recognises that Chaplaincy Services form part of the health services available at a hospital or health facility.


Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Services are to be given facilities appropriate for a department within the hospital or healthcare facility.


Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers 
  • give expression to the faith of believers; 
  • bring reconciliation between people and with God; 
  • support those in suffering and crisis; 
  • help struggling people find purpose and meaning, value and direction, hope and peace; 
  • bring a theological perspective to the hospital's philosophy and duty of care. 
As part of a multidisciplinary team, accredited chaplains bring spiritual care that may contribute to the care and healing of patients.