Seeking companions for palliative care patients

03 Feb 2017

Are you a compassionate, friendly person who likes to care for others? Then, you may be just who we NEED!

Blacktown, Westmead and Mount Druitt hospitals are looking for volunteers to be community companions for palliative care patients in their homes.

The community companions – a new volunteer role created by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) - will be required to provide companionship, emotional and practical support and dedicate up to three hours a week to support a palliative care patient and their family.

WSLHD director of supportive and palliative medicine Dr Philip Lee said the volunteers would provide vital, in-home support to patients with a life-limiting illness.

WSLHD director of supportive and palliative medicine Dr Philip Lee


“Many patients prefer to remain at home during their illness, but some can feel isolated,” he said.

“The community companions will visit patients for a chat, hold their hand or just be a good listener – these small gestures can make a huge difference to a person’s health and wellbeing.

“We are looking for people who are warm, empathetic, compassionate and friendly, with a strong commitment to upholding patient’s needs and wishes.”

All volunteers will receive support from the LHD’s clinical palliative care team, including specialist doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Volunteers need to be over age 18 - no formal qualifications or experience is required.

For further information or to apply, contact WSLHD’s palliative care volunteer manager Kylie Clark on 0427 730 596 or email kylie.clark@health.nsw.gov.au