Sabbatical considerations

Sabbatical considerations

Kia ora koutou, I find myself in the truly fortunate position of having a time of sabbatical. I have all sorts of things I hope to do, write about, think about, and explore… . One of the things I’d like to do is post more often on this site.

We, the spirituality and wellbeing strategy group, are a loose group of academics/practitioners who have an interest in spirituality – and an interest in fostering the conversation about it in health, education and politics (maybe). Our engagement in this site is sporadic, but we’re all committed to the kaupapa generally, we’re just far too busy. BUT, this year I’m not going to be as busy, so hence the conversations that I hope to start here.

My formal commitments this year are:

  • a Movember funded Kaupapa Maori men’s prostate cancer project;
  • a Cancer Society/Uni of Otago funded euthanasia project that’s trying to better understand the issues to help inform the politicians and public before it’s voted on again in parliament; and,
  • another Cancer Society funded project working with Sande Ramage et al at the MidCentral DHB working in a co-design way to explore better ways to provide spiritual care in the hospital and an elder care facility.

Then I have a range of papers and bits to write up from the last five years!  And over the year, I am going to explore the topic of spirituality and public health, considering the question of how we can help create an environment where spirituality can flourish.

Comments welcome!



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