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 SPIRITUAL CARE WITHIN HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE SETTINGS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Dr Ronita Mahilall, CEO of St Luke’s Combined Hospices

Culturally appropriate spiritual care is increasingly recognised as a crucial component of spiritual care. As part of a larger study, Dr Mahilall was interested in cultural and racial issues as experienced by spiritual carers in a hospice in Cape Town, South Africa. One-on-one interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with a cohort of spiritual care workers, who, being volunteers and relatively privileged South Africans, discussed their sensitivity to cultural issues, but also mentioned a host of political, racial and identity issues which profoundly affect their work. The data suggest that the concept of culturally appropriate care must be understood and acted on contextually. The work of transformation of care cannot be separated from broader questions of social inequality and change. This lecture will discuss the work done in this study around spiritual care in a palliative care setting.

 

Recommended reading

Mahilall, R. and Swartz, L. 2021. Spiritual care training needs in hospice palliative care settings in South Africa: Chorused national, provincial and local voices, Journal for the Study of Spirituality,
https://doi.org/10.1080/20440243.2021.1922257

Mahilall, R. and Swartz, L. Spiritual Care: Motivations and Experiences through the Lenses and Voices of a Cohort of Spiritual Care Workers at an Established Hospice in Cape Town, South Africa. J Relig Health 60, 2906–2924 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01232-7

Mahilall, R. and Swartz, L. Challenges and opportunities for spiritual care practice in hospices in a middle-income country. BMC Palliat Care. 2021;20(1):62. Published 2021 Apr 22.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12904-021-00756-9

Mahilall, R. and Swartz, L. ‘I am Dying a Slow Death of White Guilt’: Spiritual Carers in a South African Hospice Navigate Issues of Race and Cultural Diversity. Cult Med Psychiatry (2021).
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-021-09750-5

Mail and Guardian. (6 July 2021). https://mg.co.za/opinion/2021-07-05-palliative-care-needs-to-include-spiritual-care/

 

ONLINE: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509145434

LIVESTREAM: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509304980

 

DATE: Wednesday 12 January
TIME: 1.00 pm
COURSE FEES: R75 (online)/R85 (livestream to lecture theatre on campus)
PLATFORM: MS TEAMS