Monash University Update
June 12th 2018
MONASH UNIVERSITY UPDATE
ACCESS ministries has received formal confirmation from Monash University that no report was ever produced by the University which, according to recent media reports: “investigated chaplaincy services provided by Melbourne’s Access Ministries”.
Further, the University also formally confirmed that claims made in Federal Parliament Senate Estimates, by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, that a Monash Associate Professor identified an ACCESS chaplain as allegedly making comments to a student with anorexia were incorrect.
According to Monash University: “The researcher has advised she did not know the name of the teacher, student, school or chaplain referred to in the anecdote.”
ACCESS ministries respects every individual’s right to hold differing views and to free speech, however the basis for claims made in Senate Estimates, initially reported by ABC News online and subsequently widely syndicated around Australia, was false.
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.