Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Chaplains and Sacred Space

For Patients

Chaplains and Sacred Space

A team of Chaplains provide pastoral and spiritual care for patients their families.  If you would like to be visited by a Chaplain, the ward staff will arrange it for you. The WCH Chaplains can contact a variety of religious traditions and support networks including Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

The Pastoral Care Department has a full time Coordinating Chaplain, Carl Aiken, appointed by the Heads of Churches. Carl is happy to be called on in an emergency if your own minister of religion is not available.

Sacred Space

The Sacred Space is available for personal or group reflection, meditation and prayer. The indoor and outdoor aspects of the Sacred Space bring an atmosphere that respects all attitudes to faith or spirituality. It may also be used for more formal settings of worship, baptisms and blessings.

The Sacred Space is located on the first floor of the Good Friday Building opposite the Play deck. It is open 24 hours.


There is a chaplain on call at all times.

Contact details

Coordinating Chaplain
Rev Carl Aiken
Ph (08) 8161 7000

Father Kevin O'Loughlin
Ph (08) 8161 7000

Rev Joan Claring-Bould
Ph (08) 8161 7000

Mailing address

Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006

last modified: 22 Mar 2016