Spirituality in medicine


The study and the practice of medicine may raise issues related to the student’s or doctor’s understanding of spirituality, the sacred, or the ultimate meaning and purpose in life.

Following are a range of web-based resources which students may find useful as they explore these concepts.

Please note that every attempt has been made to be inclusive in order to reflect the range of spiritual understandings in Australia, but inevitably there will be omissions. We welcome suggestions for additional resources or for modifications to this site.

Sydney University web-sites

Hospital chaplaincy

Websites of major faith groups or linked organisations in Australia (alphabetically arranged)

Tertiary student faith-based groups

Faith-based medical professional groups

Medical professional sites with resources on spirituality

Devotional websites

  • Sacred Space Sacred Space is a work of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus. Being a ministry of the Irish Jesuits, it is inspired by the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (Ignatian spirituality)
  • Pray As You Go Pray-as-you-go can be downloaded free from this website in either MP3 or WMA format. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of British Jesuits and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.

General information on religion and spirituality in Australia