Pastoral Care Practitioner – Mater Private Hospital Mackay Mater Group


Mater Private Hospital Mackay is looking for a Pastoral Care Practitioner to join the team. This role is based at our North Mackay campus.

The Pastoral Care Practitioner will contribute to the provision of high quality pastoral care for patients and their families. Furthermore, the Pastoral Care Practitioner supports the Mission Integration Manager and/or Pastoral Care Coordinator, visiting clergy and staff to ensure that the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families are met.

We are looking for someone who can join the team, four days per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 5 hours per day. 

What you’ll be doing

  • Make available religious or spiritual comfort and support to patients, whilst respecting individual beliefs and practices of other denominations and faiths
  • Provide awareness to patients and their families of the Pastoral Care services and accessibility
  • Support the Hospital Mission Integration Manager in embedding the Mater Mission and Values, and those of the Sisters of Mercy, by coordinating, assisting and/or participating in events, ceremonies and/or rituals as required
  • Collaborate with all staff in the provision of holistic care
  • Actively participate in providing adequate provision of Pastoral Care services in a facility that operates continuously over seven (7) days a week where required
  • Verbally communicate to clinical staff any acquired information relating to physical discomfort and/or care, shared by a patient or their family member
  • Assist with the co-ordination of memorial services for deceased patients
  • Undertake pastoral supervision to appropriately reflect on enhancing personal responses to ministry events and access continuing education for ministry

About you

You will have or are willing to progress towards a Clinical Pastoral Education qualification and/or studies in theology/religious education or counselling/psychology.

You will also ideally have:

  • Previous chaplaincy/pastoral care experience in a healthcare environment
  • Competent digital information and technology literacy
  • Ability to build rapport, trust, empathy and strong relationships
  • Ability  to work autonomously and in a team environment
  • respect and sensitivity in ministry to persons of various religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, life philosophies and faith traditions

Why join us?

Mater is Queensland’s largest and most innovative not-for-profit healthcare service, providing care for almost 700,000 patients a year across a network of 11 hospitals.

We are a leader in healthcare, education and research — and that’s because we employ exceptional people. #MAKEYOURMATERMOVE

  • Via salary packaging arrangements, allocate some living expenses directly from your pre-taxable income and ultimately increase your take-home pay
  • Access to package meal and entertainment expenses via salary packaging
  • Access to leading education and professional development via Mater Education
  • Flexible working arrangements, including work from home options where suitable
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program and on-site pastoral care teams
  • Discounts to local and national business/venues for Dining/Retail/Travel & Accommodation/Other
  • Access to on-site, discounted parking
  • Discounted food and beverage at various campus cafés and coffee venues

Please Note: We will not require any support from Recruitment Agencies at this time and kindly request no contact is made. Only direct applications will be considered.

It is now a mandatory requirement of employment at the Mater that you are and remain fully vaccinated against COVID-19.