Volunteering opportunities in WA
When you are ready to seek a palliative care volunteering role that suits you, please consider these organisations and then contact them to express your interest, highlighting how you can contribute and what skills you bring.
Specialist palliative care units
Albany Community Hospice
Albany Community Hospice is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers inpatient palliative care. It asks volunteers to complete an application form, which includes a lists of interests including cooking, gardening and flower arranging, administration and family and carer support.
Bethesda Hospital palliative care unit
Bethesda Hospital in Perth provides in-patient palliative care and consultancy services to people living within the community. Volunteer roles include patient support roles, running the happy hour drinks trolley, offering complementary therapies, hair and beauty services, pet therapy, musicians and singers as well as clerical support.
Busselton Hospice Care
In addition to its hospice unit, Busselton Hospice Care offers bereavement support and complementary therapy programs. Volunteer roles include providing emotional and social support, a client biography service, assisting with meals and fundraising, and providing administrative support. Volunteers selected through an interview process receive four days of training, where they learn about the philosophy of palliative care, supportive communications skills, and grief and loss.
Glengarry Private Hospital palliative care unit
Sandalwood is Glengarry Private Hospital’s specialised palliative care facility, supporting people with a range of illnesses including cancer, leukaemia, motor-neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, end-stage respiratory, heart and kidney disease, end stage Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Volunteers are interviewed and matched to positions that suit their interests, skills and abilities. Positions include providing companionship and general patient support to working with flowers and the trolley that takes sweets and general personal items to patients.
Hollywood Private Hospital palliative care unit
Hollywood Private Hospital in Nedlands provides palliative care clinics for inpatients and runs an outpatient clinic. Volunteer positions include escorting and directing patients and visitors, general patient support, food friends, courtesy buggy driver, stocking and pushing the lolly trolley, providing musical entertainment and companionship.
Joondalup Health Campus
Palliative care is one of the comprehensive range of health services provided by Joondalup Health Campus, which is one of WA’s largest hospitals. The volunteer program, run by the Companions of JHC, enables volunteers to visit patients, run trolley services to patients, conduct patient surveys and help with administration. Volunteer vacancies are advertised along with paid positions on Amazing Careers.
St John of God Bunbury Hospital palliative care unit
St John of God Bunbury Hospital provides palliative care services. Volunteer roles include providing concierge services, harpist, hospitality volunteers, administration, participating in the Palliative Paws Program, joining the Community Visitors Scheme and assisting at Friends of St John of God gift shop.
St John of God Murdoch Community Hospice
A variety of volunteer roles come up across different clinical areas at St John of God Murdoch Community Hospice in Perth, including within palliative care. Positions vary, but may include complimentary therapists, hair stylists, beauty therapists and providing non-medical assistance to patients.
St John of God Subiaco Hospital palliative care unit
St John of God Subiaco Hospital in Perth provides palliative care services. The hospital’s volunteers greet patients and visitors and help them find their way around the hospital. They also contribute to fundraising activities. The hospital recruits volunteers several times a year, matching each volunteer’s experience with role requirements to ensure the experience is rewarding.
Swan Kalamunda Health Service, Kalamunda Campus palliative care service
Kalamunda District Community Hospital in Perth has volunteer roles at its 10-bed inpatient palliative care unit. The hospital is part of the Armadale Kalamunda Group and the East Metropolitan Health Service
Cancer Council WA
Cancer Council WA provides services and resources across Western Australia. Fundraising and supporting people affected by cancer are the two key areas where volunteers can make a difference to people affected by cancer.
Silverchain is a not-for profit organisation that specialises in providing health and aged care services, including palliative care, in the home. Volunteer roles include visiting people who may be feeling lonely, preparing food, driving hospice patients to medical appointments, and providing carers with respite time.
Solaris Cancer Centre
Solaris Cancer Centre (formally Cancer Support WA) integrates natural and complementary therapies with conventional care for cancer patients, providing services and programs with a wellness approach. Volunteer roles include gardening, working in the op shop, business administration, data entry, helping in reception and with housekeeping, and fundraising.
Chorus provides in-home and community support to more than 10,000 people across metro and regional WA, so they can to live independently. It relies on volunteers to do gardening, driving, administration duties and provide social support.
Aged care facilities
Amana Living No One Dies Alone Program
Amana Living provides companionship to nursing home residents receiving palliative care who are at risk of dying alone. Many residents have families who live interstate or are too unwell or frail to visit them for extended times. Often residents have outlived their spouse and children. Volunteers provide comfort to these residents by talking, reading, playing music and providing reassurance through their presence. After the resident has died, the volunteer’s record of their time spent together is gifted back to the resident’s family, reassuring them that their loved one was not alone when they died. For more details, visit HERE.
Bethanie is a not-for-profit organisation that provides aged care facilities and retirement villages. Bethanie’s volunteering opportunities are available throughout the Perth metropolitan area, ranging from running bingo, providing company for clients on bus trips and providing one-on-one social interaction.
Juniper provides care and accommodation for older people throughout metropolitan Perth and in the Kimberley, Mid-West, Wheatbelt, South West and Great Southern regions. Volunteer roles include driving a bus on outings, helping in cafes or with administration, or providing emotional and spiritual support.
MercyCare is a Catholic provider of aged care, family, community, health and disability services which operates across in 35 locations across the Perth metropolitan area. It employs 175 volunteers across all of its services, including residential aged care and community and home support. It says its volunteers don’t require any special skills – just the desire to help others.
Brightwater provides services that support people who are ageing or who have a neurological disability. It provides residential aged care and disability services. Its volunteer roles include assisting with art, sporting and recreational activities, providing musical entertainment and companionship. Qualified volunteers provide aromatherapy, massage and reiki.
Nulsen Disability Services
Nulsen Disability Services is one of WA’s leading disability services organisations focusing on people with profound intellectual and physical disabilities. Nulsen advertises volunteer opportunities through SEEK.