Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC) in partnership with Cancer Council WA

Event Dates: Sunday 8 September, 2019 to Tuesday 10 September, 2019
Time:8.30am start each day
Venue:Swan Room, Parmelia Hilton, 14 Mill Street Perth
Cost:$300 (inc. GST)
Target Audience:All Health Professionals: Doctors, Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Chaplains
Registration information:Registration is essential as places are limited. Register online at the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference at
Contact Details:Contact the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference at email

Empirical evidence, patient and family experience, and theoretical frameworks support the critical role spirituality and spiritual care plays in the care of patients, particularly those with chronic/ complex illness and palliative care.

Recent clinical guidelines recognise the ethical obligation of all ‎healthcare providers to alleviate pain and suffering, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.

Health care providers acknowledge the growing momentum calling for patients’ spirituality to be addressed, but they ‎often note lack of training as an important barrier to implementing these beliefs.

To bridge this gap, The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish), in partnership with City of Hope, and the Fetzer Institute developed an interprofessional spiritual care training program entitled “Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC)”.

ISPEC, delivered on a global level and in collaboration with Cancer Council WA is coming to Perth, Australia for the first time. These inaugural workshops will be delivered over 2½ days and offer a theoretically and research-grounded curriculum for teaching interprofessional spiritual care.

Curricular development forms the ‎basis of a train-the-trainer program to build leaders, consultants, advocates, and ‎knowledgeable ‎clinicians who can educate, empower, and guide other healthcare professionals at their institute ‎in the ‎integration of spirituality in healthcare.‎

The ISPEC curriculum encourages interprofessional pairs of clinicians (Doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other professions including chaplains) although, individuals will be considered.

  • Build your knowledge and practice of spirituality in healthcare environments utilising an evidence based, research grounded curriculum
  • Learn from a highly experienced team of experts including international pioneer in spirituality, Dr Christina Puchalski
  • Understand health providers ethical obligations to alleviate pain and suffering whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual
  • Unique opportunity to attend a train-the-trainer pre conference 2 ½ day workshop

Presented by: Dr Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM, Co-Director of Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC), Founder and Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) and Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University, Washington DC. Dr Puchalski is an international leader for the integration of spirituality into healthcare in clinical settings and medical education. Christina will be joined by experts in the field of spirituality to deliver this train-the-trainer event

Information: For more information and to register please see the Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC) Train the Trainer event flyer (1623kb). Visit

Enquiries: Contact the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference at email

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