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Catholic hospitals call for more at-home care

Wednesday 30 September 2020

CHA A major new report from Catholic Health Australia is calling on the Federal Government to unlock funding to allow more Australians to be treated in the comfort of their own home. The report, Out of Hospital Care in Australia – Advancing Health’s Missing Sector, finds current funding mechanisms prevent many private health patients from accessing hospital level care in their home for services such as renal dialysis, mental health, post-natal services, palliative care, and chemotherapy. The report's authors say there is demand for more out of hospital care and...

Putting a lower value on older lives is unethical

Tuesday 29 September 2020

Toby Hall and Dr Daniel Fleming, St Vincent’s Health Australia
Commentary on the pandemic that suggests some lives are worth more than others is troubling, write St Vincent’s Health Australia’s Toby Hall and Dr Daniel Fleming, in response to an Op Ed published in The Age by the University of Melbourne’s vice-chancellor, Professor Duncan Maskell, asking Victorians to accept the unavoidable reality of mortality. 

Liturgy, Prayer, Pastoral Care and Pandemics: Upcoming ACU public lecture

Thursday 25 September 2020

ACU Centre for Liturgy
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our experiences of liturgy and public prayer as never before. Providing pastoral care to the sick and dying in high-risk environments alongside health professionals engaged in medical care, has necessitated the development of innovative approaches to this vital work. The ACU Centre for Liturgy will examine this current reality in “Liturgy, Prayer, Pastoral Care and Pandemics,” a free public lecture presented live online from New York, USA by Sr Professor Julia Upton rsm of St John’s University (New York) on Monday 12 October via Zoom.

An Open Letter to the Premier from the Catholic Bishops of Victoria

Friday 25 September 2020

Communications Office
The Catholic Bishops of Victoria have written an open letter to Premier Daniel Andrews raising concerns of unfairness in COVID restrictions to people of faith. In regional Victoria, more people can gather inside in a restaurant than in a church. The Bishops simply ask for fairness and parity between places of worship and other sectors like hospitality.