The Role and Value of Chaplains in the Ambulance Service: Paramedic Perspectives

Katie Tunks Leach, Paul Simpson, Joanne Lewis, Tracy Levett-Jones

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Chaplains are employed by ambulance services in many states across Australia as one element in a suite of initiatives to support the health and wellness of paramedics. The aim of this paper is to present key findings from a study that explored paramedic perspectives on the role and value of chaplains in the ambulance service. Seventeen paramedics participated in semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed using framework analysis. Two themes were identified: scope of the chaplain’s role and organisational factors influencing the chaplain’s role. Paramedics highly valued what they believed to be proactive and reactive support provided by ambulance chaplains, regardless of paramedics’ personal spiritual or religious beliefs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-947
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


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