Spirituality as sustenance for mental health and meaningful doing: a case illustration

Clare Wilding
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (10 Suppl): S67.
  • Clare Wilding

  • School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW.



I would like to thank the participants in my study for their generosity in sharing their stories and experiences. I would also like to thank Dr Esther May and Dr Eimear Muir-Cochrane of the University of South Australia, who supervised the study.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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