There are a number of volunteering positions available at Wimmera Health Care Group. We support all our volunteers in their role and ensure they get the most out of their time at our organisation. For information on any of the positions, or for any other volunteer enquiries, please call our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 5381 9347. Alternatively, you can contact the Centre for Participation on 5382 5607.

Volunteer roles available at WHCG:

 

Massage Therapy Support (3 – 6 volunteers req)

To help support WHCG to grow a culture of relaxed mindfulness and calm for staff and other volunteers.

This role is designed to create a low-stress and calm workplace for our staff (and volunteers) through simple 10-15 minute basic shoulder, neck, head and hand massage treatments at the desk or on the wards. A massage therapist volunteer does not need to be professionally trained, but the person will have some knowledge of basic massage techniques and be aware of safe massage procedures and hand hygiene practices.  They will be friendly, nurturing, and responsive to the staff-person’s work and personal needs.

Time: Flexible 2 hour shifts Mondays to Fridays as negotiated with the volunteer

 

Wimmera Health Care Group Guides (visitor information)

WHCG Guides will be the friendly welcoming face of Wimmera Health Care Group.  Their role is to ensure everyone entering the hospital can to get to where they need to go and find the information they require.

Tasks will include providing cheerful, friendly and supportive assistance to everyone entering and exiting Wimmera Health Group, escorting people to different parts of the hospital and may include escorting small groups around the complex, keeping entrances and waiting areas tidy and accessible, assist with topping up brochure stands and kitchenette supplies and organising magazines and information to be placed on coffee tables in waiting areas.

Time: Approximately 2-3 hour shifts during the day Monday to Sunday

 

Emergency Department Support (new role)

This role has a strong customer-service focus to ensure that our patients – and the public –feel welcome, included and valued when seeking treatment at the Emergency Department and other associated services. 

Liaison and ED waiting room volunteers will be the welcoming and friendly point of contact for patients, clients and their families and friends within the ED waiting room and department.  Some of the tasks involved is making drinks and offering food (where appropriate), escorting patients to other parts of the hospital eg radiography, listening and engaging with patients and family members and stocking up the brochure racks.

Time: Approximately 2-3 hour shifts during the day Monday to Sunday

 

Oncology Day Unit Support (6 volunteers req)

Volunteers in this role provide an important service to community members and their families undergoing treatment for a range of diseases including cancer. 

This role is a supportive position, designed to make the patient experience of chemotherapy and dialysis as friendly and positive as possible.  Volunteers are compassionate people from the community who understand the high level of patient confidentiality needed in this role.

Volunteers welcome the patients and family members to the cancer unit, engage them in conversation, support their immediate food & beverage needs and report any general concerns to the Oncology Day Unit team.

Time: Shifts are for approximately 2-3 hours in the mornings and/or afternoons, Monday to Friday.

 

Nurse Training Volunteer – ASSIST Program

This role sees you, the volunteer, working in a small team to deliver quality health training for nurses by pretending to be a patient on a ward during a mock assessment by nursing staff.  Every day, patients arrive who may have suffered a stroke or other kind of injury that impacts on their ability to swallow and communicate.  You will be directly assisting the Speech team deliver critical care training to WHCG nurses to understand and deal with these types of patients.  You will make a difference by helping our staff follow the National Stroke Guidelines, improving patient care after stroke and developing the professional skills of WHCG nurses.

Everything you need to do this role will be provided for you by the Speech Pathology team.

Time: Last Thursday of the month in the afternoon for 75 minutes per session

 

 

For these volunteering positions the hospital requires the following checks: Police Check, Working with Children’s Check, 3 character references and a statutory declaration.

For more information please contact Stephanie Thomson WHCG Volunteer Coordinator 5381-9347, Wednesday and Friday, Day Centre @ Horsham Hospital.

All hospital volunteers have orientation and training.