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Hospital Chaplain - Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, New Lambton Heights, NSW (Newcastle Region)

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Chaplaincy is one of the many outreach ministries provided by Pastoral Ministries in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The aim is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care and support to individuals in a safe environment.

The Diocesan Hospital Chaplain cares for patients and their families at the John Hunter Hospital and other health facilities that exist on that site. Hospital Chaplains offer practical, pastoral and spiritual support to patients, talking with them, praying with them and helping them connect with their families whilst away from home.

The Hospital Chaplain works closely with the Chaplaincy Team, the Chaplaincy Coordinator and volunteers who assist at the Hospital. The position reports directly to the Director Pastoral Ministries and is located at the John Hunter Hospital, New Lambton NSW (near Newcastle).

The position will be remunerated as per Grade 5 of the Pastoral and Ministry Workers Recommended (CCER) Rates of Pay, dependent on qualifications and experience.

This is a permanent full-time position.


Please note, to be considered for this position you must provide individual responses to each the selection criteria below, both essential and desirable.


  • A sound knowledge of the Catholic faith;
  • Experience and understanding of pastoral and spiritual care and outreach;
  • Experience or willingness to work ecumenically;
  • Capacity to organise, motivate and work with volunteers;
  • Background in health, theology or equivalent. Units in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) are essential;
  • An ability to engage and include others in collaborative processes;
  • Substantial organisational and communication skills;
  • Basic computer literacy skills;
  • A current Working With Children Check for paid employment.


  • current Senior First Aid Certificate.

For more information about the position, including the position description visit or you can contact the Director Pastoral Ministries, Teresa Brierley on 02 4979 1157.


To apply for this position, applicants must upload a current resume and cover letter, which addresses each of the essential criteria above.

**Please note that not adequately addressing the selection criteria may mean that your application is not shortlisted.**

The successful applicant must have the right to work within Australia, hold a current Working With Children Check, undergo a National Criminal Check, complete a Health Assessment Declaration, and hold a current Australian drivers licence.

Applications close: 11.59pm Sunday, 27 October 2019.


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