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Information for the community – Updated 1 July 2022
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Volunteering Opportunities

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The Women’s and Children’s Health Network offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide, and at various community sites.

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The Women’s and Children’s Health Network offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide, and at various community sites.

Perhaps you would like to volunteer with patients and families or help staff behind the scenes. We match your availability, skills and experience to a role to make sure you and the staff you volunteer with have a positive experience. Below are our current vacancies and areas in which you can get involved.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Theatre (Recovery & Anaesthesia) Volunteer

If you like to keep active and have experience working with parents, carers and children, this is the role for you!

Theatre volunteers at WCH are based in the Rogerson Operating Suite and provide support to parents, carers and children to assist to prepare them for entering the induction room. Once a child is in theatre volunteers often escort parents to the ward their child will be taken after their operation.

Volunteers in this role need to have a high level of communication and interpersonal skills and must have the ability to deal with emotional distress. Please note, this is not a counselling role.

A volunteer is needed on Wednesday mornings, 8 am to 12 pm.

Play Therapy Volunteers

Play Therapy volunteer make a valuable contribution to the life of the hospital, the patients, their families and staff by providing a caring and efficient service which enhances the activities of the paid Play Therapists.

Play Therapy Volunteers are caring, patient people who relate well to children of all ages as well as adults. They are able to perform the role with minimum supervision and guidance and provide extra support to assist the Play Therapists in one of the paediatric wards or the outpatient department in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) to which they are assigned.

If you are interested in this role apply online giving as much information as possible about your experience working with children. Mention that you are interested in applying for this role.

A vacancy exists on Tuesday mornings. Please mention this role when you apply.

Volunteer Guide Team

Join our fabulous team of Volunteer Guides!

If you like to keep active and enjoy meeting people, this is the role for you!

The WCH Volunteer Guides are people who have friendly and outgoing personalities who enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and cultures; have a written and verbal command of the English language.

Our volunteer guides have first class customer service skills and provide a person and family centred care approach to their role as they enjoy being able to help others by guiding them around the hospital. Being part of the WCH Volunteer Guide team is a great way to meet people, keep your brain active, have fun and keep fit!

The Guide Team operates Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 4 pm comprising of 2 shifts per day; 8am -12noon and 12noon – 4 pm. Each volunteer is expected to fulfil one 4 hour shift per week. You will receive comprehensive training to fulfil your role.

If this is something you think you’d like to do, please read the Volunteer Role Description:

Family Support Volunteer – Rose Ward

The Family Support Program is set up to provide support to families whose child may be hospitalised for an extended period of time. The Family Support Volunteer can give parents or carers respite from the bedside or the hospital so they may have a break, work, care for other children or attend appointments. The volunteers also give time to children from country areas whose parent or carers may not have been able to come to the hospital with them.

Volunteers with the Family Support Program all receive training in the special needs of children in hospital and can hold, calm, play and talk with children under instruction from parents, carers and nursing staff. Volunteers also assist with practical and administrative tasks on the ward if time allows.

Volunteers are required for a 4-hour shift on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Driver – Home Equipment Centre

The Home Equipment Centre supplies equipment to patients of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital so they may be cared for in the home, rather than in hospital. Equipment can be consumable items such as syringes, feeding lines and dressings, and items which can be hired such as breast pumps and suction units. The Home Equipment Centre does not supply equipment or consumable items without a referral or consult from a WCH clinician.

The volunteers in this role deliver supplies to consumers in the metropolitan area who require home equipment.

A driver is required for alternate Tuesdays and must have a current, valid SA driver’s licence with no infringements. You must be willing to drive a SA health fleet vehicle to deliver equipment to consumers in the metropolitan area. You must be physically fit and able to carry boxes I n and out of the home equipment centre and the consumer’s front door. A contactless delivery procedure is in place.

Administrative Support Volunteers

Our wonderful Administration Support Volunteers make an extremely valuable contribution to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

They enhance our services by giving administrative support to staff in a number of units of the hospital by assisting with tasks such as filing, photocopying, restocking, picking up or delivering case notes and basic data entry.

There are several vacancies in areas where volunteers give general administrative support to staff.

We are looking for volunteers that:

  • Have proven experience working or volunteering in administrative positions or
  • Have transferrable skills for these roles
  • Are reliable and can commit to 4 hours per week for at least 6 months

These volunteers must have:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to file in strict alphabetical order
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Basic computer knowledge (not all roles require this)
  • The ability to work with direction but minimal supervision
  • Ability to read and understand written instructions and notices in English.

If you are interested in this area, mention ‘Administration Support’ when applying.

Please note these positions ARE NOT work experience and do not lead to paid employment within the hospital.

Further information

If you are looking for other opportunities please check out the links below: