Staff profile

Dr Bruce Rumbold

Director, Palliative Care Unit, Senior Lecturer

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Psychology and Public Health
Department of Public Health

329, Melbourne (City)

Qualifications

MSc, PhD, BD(Hons), PhD, MA

Area of study

Health promoting palliative care

Brief profile

Bruce Rumbold holds postgraduate qualifications in physics, pastoral care and health social science, and has published in all three fields. His longstanding interest in palliative care began with doctoral work in England in the mid-seventies, and has continued throughout palliative care's period of development in Australia. The health promoting model employed by the La Trobe University Palliative Care Unit, with its emphasis on social and spiritual care, is particularly congenial to his interests in community development, pastoral care, and spirituality.

Research interests

End-of-Life Care Reform

- Community capacity building around end of life concerns

Recent publications

Philip, J., Hudson, P., Bostanci, A., Street, A., Horey, D., Aranda, S., Zordan, R., Rumbold, B., Moore, G., Sundararajan, V. (2015). Metastatic Non-small cell lung cancer: a benchmark for quality end-of-life cancer care? Medical Journal of Australia 202(3), 139-144. doi: 10.5694/mja14.00579

Rumbold, B. (2014). Evidence in practice: Nurturing aesthetic reflexivity. Journal of Applied Arts and Health 5(2), 263-271.

Leenstra, S., Goldstraw, S., Rumbold, B. (2014). Art as evidence: Ethical considerations when using client artworks in exhibitions. Journal of Applied Arts and Health 5(2), 227-234.

Varney, H., Rumbold, B., Sampson, A. (2014). Evidence in a different form: The search conference process. Journal of Applied Arts and Health 5(2), 169-178.

Aoun, S., Breen, L., Rumbold, B., Howting, D. (2014). Reported experiences of bereavement support in Western Australia: a pilot study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12177

Rumbold, B., Aoun, S. (2014). Bereavement and palliative care: A public health perspective. Progress in Palliative Care 22(3), 131-135.

Breen, L., Aoun, S., O’Connor, M., Rumbold, B. (2014). Bridging the gaps in palliative care bereavement support: an international perspective. Death Studies. doi:10.1080/07481187.2012.72545

Rumbold, B. (2013). Spiritual assessment and healthcare chaplaincy. Christian Bioethics. doi: 10.1093/cb/cbt027

Abel, J., Walter, T., Carey, L., Rosenberg, J., Noonan, K., Horsfall, D., Leonard, R., Rumbold, B. & Morris, D. (2013). Circles of Care: should community development redefine the practice of palliative care? BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000359

Breen, L., Aoun, S., O’Connor, M., Rumbold, B. (2013). Bridging the gaps in palliative care bereavement support: an international perspective. Death Studies. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2012.725451

Rumbold, B. (2013). Spiritual assessment and healthcare chaplaincy. Christian Bioethics. doi: 10.1093/cb/cbt027

Rumbold, B., Aoun, S. (2013). Bereavement and palliative care: A public health perspective. Progress in Palliative Care, in press. 

Aoun, S., Breen, L., O’Connor, M, Rumbold, B. & Nordstrom, C. (2012). A public health approach to bereavement services in palliative care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 36(1), 14-16. DOI: 10.111/j.1753-6405.2012.00825.x

Rumbold, B. (2012). Compassionate care: Engaging the spirit in care. Progress in Palliative Care 20 (2), 106-113.

Abel, J., Walter, T., Carey, L., Rosenberg, J., Noonan, K., Horsfall, D., Leonard, R., Rumbold, B. & Morris, D. (2013). Circles of Care: should community development redefine the practice of palliative care? BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000359

Breen, L., Aoun, S., O’Connor, M., Rumbold, B. (2013). Bridging the gaps in palliative care bereavement support: an international perspective. Death Studies. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2012.725451

Rumbold, B. (2013). Spiritual assessment and healthcare chaplaincy. Christian Bioethics. doi: 10.1093/cb/cbt027

Rumbold, B., Aoun, S. (2013). Bereavement and palliative care: A public health perspective. Progress in Palliative Care, in press.

Rumbold, B. (2012). Public health approaches to palliative care in Australia. In Sallnow, L., Kumar, S. & Kellehear, A. (Eds.) International perspectives on public health and palliative care (pp. 52-68). London: Routledge,

Rumbold, B. (2012). Models of spiritual care. In Cobb, M., Puchalski, C. & Rumbold, B. (Eds.). The Oxford textbook of spirituality in healthcare (pp. 175-184). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rumbold, B., Cobb, M. & Puchalski, C. (2012). Policy. In Cobb, M., Puchalski, C. & Rumbold, B. (Eds.). The Oxford textbook of spirituality in healthcare (pp. 383-387). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Puchalski, C., Cobb, M. & Rumbold, B. (2012). Curriculum development in spirituality and health in the health professions. In Cobb, M., Puchalski, C. & Rumbold, B. (Eds.). The Oxford textbook of spirituality in healthcare (pp. 417-428). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cobb, M., Rumbold, B. & Puchalski, C. (2012). The future of spirituality and healthcare. In Cobb, M., Puchalski, C. & Rumbold, B. (Eds.). The Oxford textbook of spirituality in healthcare (pp. 487-492). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rumbold, B., Gardner, F. & Nolan, I. (2011) ‘Spirituality and community practice’ in S. Conway (ed) Governing death and loss: empowerment, involvment and participation. Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 139-147.

Rumbold, B. (2011) ‘Health promoting palliative care and dying in old age’ in M. Gott and C. Ingleton (eds) Living with ageing and dying: palliative and end of life care for older people. Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 75-89.

Rumbold, B. (2010) ‘Spiritual and existential issues at the end of life’ in M. Robotin, I. Olver & A. Girgis (eds) When cancer crosses disciplines: a physician’s handbook. London, Imperial College Press, 1139-60.

Rumbold, B. (2007). A review of spiritual assessment in health care practice. Medical Journal of Australia MJA, 186(10) (Supplement on Spirituality and Health: Proceedings of the 1st Australian Conference on Spirituality and Health, Adelaide, 28-29 July 2005)), S60-S62.

Rumbold, B. (2006). The spirituality of compassion: A public health response to ageing and end-of-life care. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Ageing, 18(2/3), 31-44.

Older publications

 Rumbold, B. (2004). Spirituality, health care and pastoral care. In J.Foskett and E. Lartey (Eds.), Spirituality and culture in pastoral care and counselling: Voices from different contexts (pp. 101-113). Great Britain: Cardiff Academic Press.

Rumbold, B. (2003). Attending to spiritual care. Health Issues, 77, 14-17.

Rumbold, B. (2003). Caring for the spirit: Lessons from working with the dying. Medical Journal of Australia, 179(6), S11-S13.

Rumbold, B., & Hudson, R. (2003). Spiritual care. In M. O'Connor & S. Aranda (Eds.), Palliative Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice (pp. 69-86). Melbourne: Ausmed Publications.

Rumbold, B. (ed) (2002) Spirituality and Palliative Care. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Rumbold, B. (2000) "Pastoral Care of the Dying and Bereaved" in A. Kellehear (ed) Death and Dying in Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 284-297.

Rumbold, B. (2000) "Pastoral Care and Public Health" Ministry, Society & Theology 14(1), 1-14.

Rumbold, B. (1998) "Implications of Mainstreaming Hospice into Palliative Care Services" in J. Parker and S. Aranda (eds) Palliative Care: Explorations and Challenges. Sydney: MacLennan &Petty, 24-34.

Research projects

Community Capacity Building/Health Promoting Palliative Care: partnerships with Palliative Care Victoria, several Victorian palliative care consortia and services; commencing a collaboration with Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

Bereavement and memorialisation, including a collaboration with Curtin University

Positive ageing, commencing a collaboration with Municipal Associaiton of Victoria

Spiritual care