Monash Medical Centre is a large tertiary hospital of about 600 beds, serving the south west suburbs of Melbourne and Gippsland.

On any day I may be in ICU, or the Coronary Care Unit, the Birth Suite, Neonatal Intensive Care, the Children’s Ward, the Palliative Care Hospice or one of the general wards. My ministry covers the whole life span, from pre-birth through to last breaths. It can be with patients, family members or friends.

A particular area of ministry is perinatal loss. As a representative of the Pastoral Care Department I advocate on the Perinatal Loss committee, for holistic care, incorporating the spiritual needs of patients, and work collaboratively with social workers and midwives to provide a Monthly Baby Memorial Service in the hospital chapel. I have the privilege of presiding over a weekly Eucharist in the hospital chapel and caring for this much-used sacred space that welcomes and offers comfort.

I have been privileged to journey with staff and medical students in the ongoing challenges of their work or study. At times Chaplaincy is called in to create and conduct memorial services for staff who have died suddenly in tragic circumstances, offering consolation to their colleagues in their individual and communal grief.

I am blessed to be invited into the poignant and painful moments of life, and to come alongside people who suffer and to meet them where they are, whether confused or angry, questioning or scared, seeking hope and comfort in their helplessness. I am often awed by human resilience within the midst of profound life challenge of sudden and serious illness or endurance over many years.

In all these encounters I experience the presence of a compassionate and loving God.