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Engaging the Faith Community in Promoting Community Health

More than half of the leading causes of death in most western countries are largely preventable and there are many common social factors affecting the health of contemporary Australians, which can be targeted by church based community health promotion programs.

Engaging communities as partners in health care 

20 page research paper that discusses how faith communities have been, and are continuing to being engaged as partners in primary health care and community health promotion in Australia. It describes a conceptual model of Faith Community Nursing developed using participatory action research. It aims to provide practical points for the listener to engage with faith communities in healthcare at the local level using this service delivery model as an exemplar.

Faith Community Nursing in Australia 1996-2016: looking forward to the future with hope

An overview of the commencement of Faith Community Nursing in Australia and the formation of AFCNA, and discussion of where to from here 'Looking back we can see that God has provided for AFCNA. He prepared the way for us to commence the FCN role and I am sure He will continue to grow this ministry in ways that suit the time and context. For a small organisation we have achieved much thanks to the vision, dedication, and unstinting voluntary work of a small band of members. AFCNA is committed to doing God’s work and we are relying on God to vision, equipping and energising to fulfil his calling, just as he has promised.' p.7.

A Bible study on serving in Health and Care Ministry to promote health

A Bible study to promote individual reflection or group discussion to better understand how health fits within the church context following the ministry of Jesus, the call the church to care for the marginalised and the response of the community.

Faith and healing – what does God’s word say

This article explores why it is important to understand the theology of healing, looks that the words for healing in both the Old and the New Testament and discusses the relationship between faith and healing.

Genuine Friendship Promotes Hope and Health

This article explores the how friendship and social inclusion benefit the individual, the community and the economy! Poor mental health outcomes are directly linked to social isolation in people living with chronic mental illness . For churches looking for affordable ways to connect with their community and there is no easier way than encouraging friendships.

Spiritual care for older people and people living with dementia

This reflection on learnings from the fifth International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality,  explores three areas: dementia, music, identity . Then challenges our communities to nurture a positive attitude to older people, actively seek new ways to meet their needs and facilitate their participation.

 Spiritual direction and Faith Community Nursing

A short personal reflection on the value of spiritual direction to the faith life of the nurse and to recognise the spirit of God at work in the lives of others when ministering with them.

Cultural safety

As part of the Code of conduct Australian nurses are to 'engage with people as individuals in a culturally safe and respectful way'. What is cultural safety?  Cultural safety is not treating everyone the same, but treating everyone equally in providing an environment that is ‘spiritually, socially, emotionally safe, as well as physically safe for people’.

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