Guide for Governance assists leaders of Church ministries

20/07/2012

The Guide for Understanding the Governance of Catholic Health and Aged Care Services has been launched to serve as a valuable resource for Catholic health and aged care services as lay people are called upon to serve in leadership roles that were previously held by religious and priests.

Produced by Catholic Health Australia (CHA), in conjunction with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia, the book was launched with representatives of all three organisations in Canberra recently.

"The leadership of health and aged care ministries, which had been the domain of the religious and ordained, has increasingly fallen to others baptised in the Church," said ACBC President Archbishop Denis Hart at the launch.

"It is important that we empower and help to form those leaders, so they can govern Church ministries in a manner that is faithful to the Church’s practices and expectations."

CHA stewardship board chair Tony Wheeler said Catholic health and aged care ministry follows on from Christ’s healing ministry.

"It is therefore responding to God’s call to bring alive the Gospel vision through services that reflect the sacredness of life and are grounded in love and respect for all, especially those who are weakest and most vulnerable," Mr Wheeler said.

"The governors of our hospital and aged care providers are aware of that call, and this guide is aimed at helping them express that understanding in their organisations."

The Guide for Understanding the Governance of Catholic Health and Aged Care Services offers leaders of Church ministries a reminder of the Catholic principles that guide the healing ministry of Jesus, an understanding of the implications of canon and civil law for those ministries, an explanation of the importance of formation in health and aged care services and a draft charter for boards to adapt for their own organisation.

The ACBC, CHA and CRA offered their gratitude to the working group that prepared the Guide for Understanding the Governance of Catholic Health and Aged Care Services: Julia Abrahams, Sr Antoinette Baldwin RSJ, Dr John Ballard, Brendan Bowler, Sr Therese Carroll RSJ, Sr Helen Delaney RSM, Sr Bernadette Fitzgerald LCM, Martin Laverty, Sr Berneice Loch RSM, Fr Brian Lucas, Rowena McNally, Francis Moore, Bishop Joseph Oudeman OFMCap, Susan Sullivan, Fr Ian Waters, Tony Wheeler.

The Guide for Understanding the Governance of Catholic Health and Aged Care Services can be purchased via the CHA website: www.cha.org.au/publications


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