Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 323–335 | Cite as

Bioethical Issues and Health Care Chaplaincy in Aotearoa New Zealand



This paper summarizes survey and interview results from a cross-sectional study of New Zealand health care chaplaincy personnel concerning their involvement in multiple bioethical issues encountered by patients, families and clinical staff within the health care context. Some implications of this study concerning health care chaplaincy, ecclesiastical institutions, health care institutions and government responsibilities are discussed and recommendations presented.


Pastoral care Health care chaplains Bioethics New Zealand 



This research was conducted under the auspices of the Lincoln School of Health Sciences and then the School of Public Health, La Trobe University (Melbourne, Victoria). The research was funded from a number of sources including the School of Public Health, La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), the “Wagstaff Bequest” Ormond College, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Victoria), the Uniting Church “With love to the World Scholarship” (Sydney, New South Wales), Australian Chaplaincy Utility Research (Melbourne, Victoria), the “Hans Mol Endowment”, Australian National University (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory) and the Australian Health and Welfare Chaplains Association Incorporated (recently reconstituted as ‘Spiritual Care Australia’). Some administrative support was also provided by the ICHC (Wellington, New Zealand).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Palliative Care Unit, School of Public HealthLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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