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Hospital Chaplaincy

Spiritual support for patients and loved ones

Our Hospital Chaplains offer emotional, spiritual and sacramental support to patients and their families in Melbourne’s major public hospitals, as well as hospitals in regional Victoria.

We support patients and their families regardless of their spiritual or religious belief or background.

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Our Chaplains can listen to and support you during challenging times

The experience of being in hospital can often mean being surrounded by illness, pain and despair. 

For some patients and their families, this can mean a time of heightened anxiety and stress. For others it is a time of spiritual questioning and/or connection.

Our Hospital Chaplains offer a range of supports including:

  • having someone there to listen or sit silently with you
  • having someone to pray with you – or to put you in contact with a priest 
  • giving hope and support in times of fear and uncertainty
  • helping you through loss and grief
  • helping you to explore and/or reconcile your spirituality

Our Chaplains work as part of an interfaith network, working alongside chaplains from many other faith groups.

How do I access this service?

Patients and families in Melbourne’s major public hospitals can access Hospital Chaplaincy by asking a doctor/nurse/hospital staff member for a referral, or by visiting their hospital’s Pastoral Centre.

Hospital staff can also make referrals into this service by contacting their hospital’s Pastoral Centre.


There is no charge to access this service.

Hospital Chaplaincy is funded by the Spiritual Health Association and Barwon Health for P Sherman.

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Contact us

Hospital Chaplaincy is managed from our East Melbourne office.
To enquire about this service, please contact us:

(03) 9287 5555

East Melbourne


Other services

You might also be interested in some of the following services offered at CatholicCare Victoria: