Palliative care services often have volunteers as part of the team. Volunteering or “helping out” can take many forms. Volunteers work with health professionals. They are part of the palliative care team. They may contribute a range of skills. They provide help or companionship in very practical ways. This could be in hospices, in aged care facilities, or in the home. They can provide help to patients, carers and family members. 

Volunteering Australia has provided a Definition and Principles on Volunteering in Australia. (54kb pdf)
Volunteer Managers use screening and selection processes to guide them in selecting volunteers. Volunteers with appropriate skills and motivation will work in different parts of the palliative care program.

Last updated 17 January 2017