Changes Afoot

Clinical Pastoral Educator Helen Vester will be leaving her full-time role at Royal Perth Hospital. She will continue running CPE programs on a part-time basis with the Perth Community CPE Centre, while enjoying more time with family and engaging in other activities that nurture her soul.

Intensive CPE Program in Albany

An Intensive CPE Program in Albany was concluded in December 2020.
The five participants successfully completed the Program.

Old and New in CPE at Royal Perth Hospital

It has been out with the old and in with the new in CPE at Royal Perth Hospital in recent weeks. The two summer CPE groups graduated from their full-time summer CPE experience on 29 January 2020 and farewelled American CPE Educator Ted Hodge who was the RPH inaugural International CPE Fellow.

Two new part-time CPE groups commenced with their Orientation Bush Experience 6-8 February. The two new groups will be supervised by Helen Vester in her new full-time role at Royal Perth Hospital.

The 2019/2020 Royal Perth Hospital CPE graduating groups
Time to meditate in the bush during the Orientation Bush Experience

Two Summer CPE Groups at Royal Perth Hospital

Two full-time summer Royal Perth Hospital CPE groups started their CPE adventure with a 3 day bush experience. It was a wonderful time of bonding and getting to know a new group of people ahead of the CPE learning which will certainly take place. The groups will be supervised by Michael Hertz and Ted Hodge (a visiting CPE Educator from USA) and hope to graduate at the end of January 2020.

Having Fun in CPE at Royal Perth Hospital

Five students will complete their first unit of CPE at Royal Perth Hospital on 22 November 2019. All took time to have fun, alongside the serious work of learning and growth. Helen Vester, their Educator, said that they have become a close-knit group, who have made good use of the learning opportunity.

A First for Perth Community CPE Centre

The first CPE Program for the Perth Community CPE Centre was celebrated with the graduation of five CPE participants on Monday September 16 2019.

Barbara, Karlee, Donna, Sharon and John  [ not pictured], Michelle, Centre Director.
Rev’d. Judith Peterkin spoke and gave the Certificates of Completion.
The graduates were joined by their pastoral placement managers and mentors, family and peers.

“Bush CPE”, an Australian first


In September, the RPH CPE group spent three days in an outdoor classroom, in what is an Australian first “bush CPE” experience. Not only did students complete their classroom tasks of mid-term evaluations, leading spiritual practice, theological reflection and storytelling sessions, they also shared in camp life – pitching tents, building a fire, preparing meals and washing up. All students reported this time as the highlight of their CPE experience.


Five ACPEWA Educators attend ANZACPE Conference


Five ACPEWA Educators attended the annual ANZACPE Conference in the Gold Coast 11-15 September. Wendy McKay was accredited as a Level II Supervisor, while Judith Peterkin was elected as President of ANZACPE. Also present were Michael Hertz, Helen Vester and Michelle Benjamin. Michael, who was recently granted Acting Level III Supervisor status and Helen (Acting Level I Supervisor) stayed on after the Conference for 1 1/2 days of education in supervision, an opportunity to discuss their CPE supervisory practice in detail with peers and to gain valuable insights from senior colleagues from the Eastern States.

The Conference proper closed with an invitation from ACPEWA to attend the next ANZACPE Conference in Perth in August 2017.