Winsome Clark

Which of the following statements best describes you?

  • I’m a researcher or academic

Question 1:
During the first stage of consultations we heard that the vision and the six outcome areas under the current Strategy are still the right ones. Do you have any comments on the vision and outcome areas being proposed for the new Strategy?

In healthcare and particularly palliative care there is specify reference to meeting the spiritual needs of patients. This is usually provided through pastoral care.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities need to gave their spiritual needs acknowledged , especially if they live in residential care .

Question 2:
What do you think about the guiding principles proposed here?

The employment of a pastoral care worker who is available to both clients and their families.

Question 3:
What is your view on the proposal for the new Strategy to have a stronger emphasis on improving community attitudes across all outcome areas?


Question 4:
How do you think that clearly outlining what each government is responsible for could make it easier for people with disability to access the supports and services they need?

A good strategy. Must be clear in its goals and timeframe as Weiss capacity to deliver.

Question 5:
How do you think the Strategy should represent the role that the non-government sector plays in improving outcomes for people with disability?

Organisations such as Spiritual Care Australia shout epic consulted. Meeting spiritual needs goes beyond inclusyand equity in the community- it is about providing support and care at a personal level for both careers and clients.

Question 6:
What kind of information on the Strategy’s progress should governments make available to the public and how often should this information be made available?

The organisations that employ past/spiritual care workers should be included in the reporting process.

Question 7:
What do you think of the proposal to have Targeted Action Plans that focus on making improvements in specific areas within a defined period of time (for example within one, two or three years)?

As referred to in previous answers the organisations that train and employ pastoral/spiritual care workers should be involved. Also the pastoral care practitioners.

Question 8:
How could the proposed Engagement Plan ensure people with disability, and the disability community, are involved in the delivery and monitoring of the next Strategy?

My research is about the contribution of pastoral/ spiritual care to clients and carers in the residential sector for peyeith intellectual and developmental disability. Only a small percentage of the clients would be able to party but staff and management could.

Question 9:
Is there anything else you would like to share about the ideas and proposals in the position paper?

Nil input.