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Blacktown & Mount Druitt Hospitals

Volunteer opportunities

We are looking for hard-working, dedicated volunteers to join our team!

Full training and support is provided to suitable applicants.

Please note: applicants must undergo interviews and a criminal record check. Applicants must be able to give a 12-month commitment to volunteer.

Role Additional information Positions available Location Time Contact
Supporting patients who may have memory or diagnosed dementia issues with daily activities & providing company when family carers can't be there

Your role will provide similar support to that which would be provided by a family carer. In this way the program is also designed to support family carers when they are unable to be with their loved one.

The volunteer initially talks with the patient, relative or friends to gain an understanding of the patient’s background, family members, personal preferences and activities they enjoy.

You will:

  • sit and talk with patients on a one to one basis
  • assist with making the patient comfortable to support their sleep and rest – this may include adjusting pillows or providing warm drinks or a hand massage
  • make sure the patient is wearing their glasses and hearing aides and checking that these are clean and working properly
  • assist the patient with eating and drinking and when needed regularly offering fluids to drink
  • accompany and help the patient with walking as advised by the nurses or physiotherapist
  • find out about activities, music or other stimulating activities that the patient may enjoy and support the patient with activities such as reading to them, playing cards etc.

Volunteers must attend training and we ask for at least a 12 month commitment.  A criminal record check is also required.

  Blacktown Hospital   Janice Low
Volunteer Manager
0439 920 337
Janice.Low@health.nsw.gov.au
Supporting patients with activities, cleaning tables and opening lunch packages

Your role will involve supporting patients to play games such as Bingo and other activities. You will also support staff by clearing tables before lunch time and assisting patients should they need help opening lunch packages.

We are looking for people with good communication skills, patience and empathy for elderly people within a hospital setting.  Reliability is also important.

Part of this role will also involve feeding patients once the Meal Assistance Program starts on 17th September and if you want to be involved feeding patients you will need to complete the training on 3 September.

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Blacktown Hospital Anywhere from one day a week to every day (Mon-Fri)
between 10.30am – 1.30pm

Janice Low
Volunteer Manager
0439 920 337
Janice.Low@health.nsw.gov.au


Assisting aged care patients during meal times

Would you like to be involved in a new volunteer program that involves assisting staff with aged care patients during meal times?

You will provide encouragement, companionship, reassurance and support during meal times. This may involve practical support such as feeding patients.

We are looking for people with good communication skills, patience and empathy for elderly people within a hospital setting.  Reliability is also important.

Training begins on Monday 3rd September from11am – 1pm. An online orientation and vaccination update are also required.

The program will start on 17th September 2018.

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Blacktown Hospital Anywhere from one day a week to every day (Mon-Fri)
between 11.30am–1.30pm

Janice Low
Volunteer Manager
0439 920 337
Janice.Low@health.nsw.gov.au

My Experience Matters interviewer/survey collector My Experience Matters is an electronic survey that invites patients, carers and families to provide feedback on their experience while in hospital.

Volunteers are requested to become involved in this program as interviewers/survey collectors. The aim of collecting information is to improve our care and services. The role of the volunteer will be to attend an allocated ward to collect survey responses. The volunteers will not be required to solve problems for the patients.

Skill requirements:
  • confident talking to people from all walks of life in a hospital setting
  • available for 1-2 hours per week for at least 6 months
  • confident using technology such as an iPad
  • online orientation
Training and ongoing support for volunteers will be provided.
Blacktown and/or Mount Druitt Hospital 1-2 hours per week for at least 6 months

Janice Low
Volunteer Manager
0439 920 337
Janice.Low@health.nsw.gov.au