CREATIVE AND RELEVANT WELLNESS ACTIVITIES
Pastoral Healthcare Network provides a range of activities designed to promote and enhance wellness within a pastorally caring environment. These activities include practical hands-on workshops, discussion times, fellowship, prayer, information sharing and health assessments, depending on the needs and priorities of our clients. We aim to respond to client circumstances on an individual basis where possible.
HEALTH PROMOTION INFORMATION SESSIONS
Our resident nurses run wellness forums to engage and educate the wider community in relevant subjects.
Through our links across our network, we regularly access experienced health practitioners as guest speakers to deliver current and meaningful information at our health promotion sessions.
CONSULTATIONS AND HEALTH ASSESSMENTS
These appointments generally take place on an individual needs basis and are conducted by our resident and volunteer nursing staff. Blood pressure clinics are regularly offered at group events. Free health consultations are included in this service if requested.
EDUCATION IN SPIRITUAL CARE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Online Pastoral Nursing course ……..The APNRC in collaboration with a team of International Parish Nurse educators offer a fully online course. The course runs over 10 weeks using the International Parish Nurse Resource centre curriculum – ‘Foundations in Faith Community Nursing’ and contains individual country specific resources.
SUPPORT AND COMFORT
We aim to envelop each person we encounter with love, respect and compassion. It is important to give each individual a strong sense of their innate value as they travel their own unique path with all its twists and turns.
The making and giving of Healing Hearts and Shawls is a major focus of our PHNA ministry and is a practical expression of our comfort and solace for those in times of sorrow.
The Grief Notes Program further extends our care for those dealing with bereavement. These notes are sent at regular intervals to those suffering the loss of a loved one and assist in understanding the stages of the grieving process.
We invite all members of the community to take part in the programs and fellowship we offer. This involvement often helps in the healing process during a period of difficulty. We endeavour to make all of our activities as accessible as possible, particularly in regard to cost.
ADVOCACY AND REFERRAL
For those in need we offer support personnel to help in completing forms, making phone calls, sending emails or attending appointments. We are able to assist clients in accessing further help from appropriate agencies when required.
FIVE WISHES PROGRAM
This is a planning and documentation tool for spiritual, religious, emotional and cultural needs for reference in the event of serious illness or accident. Our PHNA team provides information and support when clients are reflecting on their priorities and working through this process.
CARING FOR CARERS PROGRAM
Pamper Days are held every two months, hosted at Geelong Natural Therapies, Shannon Ave. They are aimed at supporting Carers and anyone else who feels they have a need in this area. Treatments (and treats!) include hand, foot and head massage, Bowen Therapy, Myotherapy, Mindfulness Meditation, and afternoon tea.
PRAYER SHAWL MAKING
Mindful Knitting takes place each week(?) with a group gathering to share stories, empathy and to listen with open hearts whilst creating Healing Shawls. Each shawl is lovingly dedicated to its unknown recipient.
We have been blessed with a grant from the Griffin Bequest to purchase a bank of iPads for the purpose of teaching adults who are technologically challenged. This will work to help alleviate loneliness, as well as improving confidence in the use of technology in a range of areas including communication, online banking, language skills , social networking and basic technological terminology.
SIGN CHI DO
PHNA offers a weekly class of SIgn Chi Do which is a form of relaxing, movement meditation based on sign language. It is designed to gently stimulate specific areas of the brain and to exercise the body. It was developed in the late 1990s by Dr Anne Borik, a medical practitioner from Arizona, to help rehabilitate her grandmother who had suffered a stroke. Sign Chi Do provides a practice similar to Yoga and Tai Chi for those who wish to incorporate prayer into a slow, reflective exercise of this nature.
OUR NEXT PHNA PAMPER DAY WILL BE IN
Come along and choose from a range of pampering activities including ……
• Hand and Foot massage
• Remedial Massage
• Pastoral Nurse Blood Pressure Consultation
• 10 minute meditation
• Afternoon Tea
Pastoral Healthcare Network – Geelong
… invites you an afternoon of pampering & pastoral healthcare, at
Geelong Natural Therapies, 36 Shannon Ave., Geelong West 3215
Saturdays: (from 1 pm until 3.30pm)
PHNA is a not for
profit Health Promotion Charity, providing Registered Nurses,
Midwives & Health Ministry Associates trained in spiritual
& pastoral care to deliver:
PHNA strives to be a Christ – centred organisation
devoted to combining medical expertise with
spiritual and pastoral care within a ministry of holistic
We exist to bridge the acknowledged gap in healthcare
between science and spirituality.
In operation since 2005, PHNA is inspired by the
charisms and works of some great Australian and
St Mary McKillop, Caroline Chisholm, Blessed Catherine
McAuley & Rev. Granger Westberg.
Locally, PHNA is supported by our patron, Sr. Carmel
O’Dwyer and ambassadors, Fr Maurice Barry, Fr Vic Farrugia
& Clara Geoghegan.
Board Members: 2016 / 2017: Maree Burn, Rod Bush, Leonie
Rastas, Carmel O’Dwyer, Michael Nolan, Marg Armitage, Nora
Fox & Rose Hoey
Suffering is a normal
part of life.
At PHNA we specialise
in a range of services which include: supporting and comforting
people on their journey, recognizing everybody hurts sometimes
be it at times of illness, loss and grief through loss of a
loved one; job independence, broken relationship.
FOUNDATIONS IN FAITH
COMMUNITY NURSING – Online course
to register call 0408 217375
Please call or leave a message for Leonie Rastas at:
Ph: +61 3 5249 5799 Mob: 0408 217 375
We operate from the Wesley
Centre at 100 Yarra St., Geelong, Australia
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