Media Statement from ACCESS ministries

ACCESS ministries

June 1st 2018



A report on ABC News online refers to: “a Monash University report, which investigated chaplaincy services provided by Melbourne’s Access Ministries”.


ACCESS ministries confirms no such report was commissioned by this organisation and that we are unaware of the existence of any such report.


To ensure our understanding of the situation is correct, we have contacted Monash University directly on the subject of the report and await a response.


Further, we have absolutely no record of, or knowledge of, comments allegedly made to a young anorexic girl by a school chaplain which the article inferred were made by an ACCESS ministries chaplain.


We note that the basis of the ABC News article which presented this information was a newspaper article published on 1 September 2014, in which a Monash University Associate Professor was quoted.


ACCESS ministries strictly adheres to all guidelines and compliance measures set down by both the Commonwealth and State Governments in the provision of our chaplaincy services.


We have the utmost respect for the privilege we have to serve children, families and school communities who choose to take part in our program.