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This unit theologically explores the nature and practice of pastoral care in the context of dementia, palliative care and end-of-life care. Focused theological input, case study analysis, peer reflection and practitioner insight will engage participants as they review their own practice and develop their own theological frameworks. The unit will consider the social determinants of health in Australia today and critique individual and corporate pastoral care responses. Drawing on recent theological, spiritual care and healthcare literature, participants will consider what promotes health and spiritual wellbeing in the context of dementia and palliative care. This theoretical and practical exploration will assume a multidisciplinary and multi-faith environment of ethical care.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
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