Seeking volunteers 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 Hospital is seeking volunteers to provide assistance to palliative care patients.

These volunteers will be required to give emotional and practical support for up to three hours a week to a patient and their family.

Seeking Volunteers for compassionate role

Western Sydney Local Health District’s director of supportive and palliative medicine Dr Philip Lee said the volunteers would provide vital in-hospital support to patients with a life-limiting illness.

“These volunteers will visit patients at their bedside 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,” he said.

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

Blacktown resident and palliative care volunteer Suzan Wesley has been working in Blacktown’s Cancer Services for a couple of months.

She said she had found the role rewarding and enjoyed giving something back to the community.

“Since I was young, I’ve always been involved with doing something for the community – now I’m retired, I have more time to give,” she said.

“I thrive in working as part of a team with the doctors and nurses – it gives me a huge sense of achievement, knowing that I’ve helped patients and family members during their time of need.

“I walk the journey with the patient – by having someone who is not a family member with them, it allows them to open up and talk about matters they don’t want to worry family members about.”

Volunteers need to be over 18 - no formal qualifications or experience are required. Training and ongoing support is provided.

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