Physician/Professor Jeng-Fong Chiu
"National Program of Training and Promotion of Chaplaincy and Hospice Care " by Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health & Welfare
Taking chaplaincy care into the communities becomes essential when human needs overwhelmed by highly development of technology. Even materialism is over celebrated, technology takes place of manpower, everyone holds a cell phone, people still need to be known and connected in love.
Chaplaincy care guidance is to provide the direction, implementation and evaluation in order to better people’s lives. People all have spiritual needs but not quite the same; AI cannot replace the care of community, spiritual needs and satisfactions. Our first step is to promote chaplaincy care at hospitals.
The main task of "National Program of Training and Promotion of Chaplaincy and Hospice Care " by Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health & Welfare is to setup the Chaplaincy Care Guidance. After multiple meeting discussion and modification by committee members and professionals, the first edition of The Practice & Guidance of Hospice and Palliative Care is completed and will launch soon at hospitals in Taiwan as directions of hospice and palliative Care.
It’s been 3 years since we launched the Program of Training and Promotion of Chaplaincy and Hospice Care in 2017. We setup a 28-hour professional training course of chaplain and trial run at 6 hospitals. Now the coverage rate has reached 82% of all chaplains in palliative wards of all hospitals in Taiwan; the NGO selected by this Program have held over 300 trainings and promotions and the participants are over 10,000. In addition, we are going to complete online training courses this year, which aim to promote the idea of chaplaincy care to all in Taiwan; from hospitals to communities, everyone can understand chaplain care.
We are lucky to group experts and scholars who are devoted themselves to develop hospice care of chaplaincy. Many great models provide us rich experience and learning. Special thanks dedicate to:
Professor Rong-Ji Chen, Honorary Chairman of Buddhist Lotus Hospice Care Foundation