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Volunteers – making a difference at Northern Health

Volunteers play an important part in helping Northern Health deliver our vision of outstanding health care for our community. With a variety of roles available, including behind the scenes administrative support, taking part in fundraising initiatives and bringing comfort through friendly visiting, our valuable volunteers enhance the patient experience.

While volunteering can build your skills set and be an incredibly rewarding experience, it’s important to understand volunteering does not guarantee it will lead to employment. Volunteering is also not student experience or work placement; for information on these opportunities view our Working With Us page.

In this video to mark National Volunteers Week 2017, staff pay tribute to the important role our volunteers play in delivering Northern Health's vision of outstanding health care. 



Minister for Health Volunteer Awards 2017

In 2017 Northern Health had three finalists for the Minister’s volunteer awards; Linda, Mandy and Pam. Linda was nominated for ‘Outstanding achievement by a volunteer supporting diversity’, with Mandy in the category of ‘Outstanding achievement by a volunteer improving public health care’ and Pam for ‘Outstanding achievement by a volunteer improving the patient experience’.

Northern Health is delighted to announce that our volunteer Linda Kotsopoulos won the Minister for Health Volunteer Award for ‘Outstanding achievement by a volunteer supporting diversity’.



Becoming a volunteer
To become a volunteer, view the available positions below and decide which role you believe would suit you best. Download the application and police check forms and submit completed with certified copies of supporting identification documents. Be sure to include the role you’re interested in on the application form.

Once received, your application will be reviewed and an interview will be arranged. All new volunteers are required to complete an online and in-person orientation. Due to the vulnerability of our patients, all volunteers are encouraged to take part in the annual influenza vaccination program (free of charge).

Volunteer Positions

We believe in having the right person with the right skills in the right position. This means we aim to match your skills and interests with the health service’s needs. There are a variety of roles available across our campuses and in the community.

  • Community Visitor - befriend a person living in an aged care home near you
  • Friendly Visitor - visit patients at their bedsides to have a chat
  • Administration – assist with various administrative tasks such as filing, scanning, preparing mailings and packs, copying.
  • Patient Simulation Program – role-play to assist medical, nursing and allied health students improve communication skills
  • Planned Activity Group – assist in planned activities with our day care respite clients
  • Rehabilitation – assist Allied Health staff in supporting rehabilitation activities
  • Guide – greet and direct patients and visitors around the health service, including tours.
  • Palliative Care – provide compassionate support to enhance quality of life
  • Research – participate in various research studies (no clinical trials)
  • Northern Health Foundation – participate in fundraising initiatives
  • Consumer Participation -  community members and consumers helping to improve the health service

For more information or queries, please email volunteer | at | nh.org.au. Thank you!