Part of Central Highlands Healthcare
Lot 1 Pilot Farm Road, Emerald07 4986 7400

Community Palliative Care Volunteers

Do you have compassion, commitment, and time to volunteer and support someone with a life limiting illness? If you do than you might be interested in joining our service.

“Community Palliative Care Volunteering offers the opportunity and privilege to support and be involved with others at one of the most significant times of their lives”

What do Community Palliative Care Volunteers do?

They offer companionship and support to people living with a life limiting illness in their home, their carers and families.

Our community Volunteers provide:

  • A confidential listening ear
  • Compassion and comfort
  • Companionship
  • Practical help with appointments and errands
  • Relief for carers
  • Extra support for outings
  • Bereavement support

Who can be a Community Palliative Care Volunteer?

Our volunteers are adults of all different ages and who come from many different walks of life. Our volunteers are chosen for their:

  • Warmth and understanding
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Emotional maturity
  • Acceptance of others
  • Ability to respect confidentiality
  • Openness to learn from those they serve; and
  • Love of life and community

At the core is a generous loving heart; a lot of common sense and the ability to just “Be” with people. Our volunteers are asked to commit from two to four hours a week.

Training and Preparation

Participation in the introductory training program is required. The course is about 25 hours (in total) and was developed by eminent palliative leaders Dr Peter and Rosalie Hudson for the Victorian Palliative Care Association. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Palliative Care
  • The Role of the Volunteer
  • Communication skills
  • Spirituality
  • Loss and grief
  • Diversity
  • Palliative Care Illnesses
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Professional Boundaries
  • Self-care

There are no exams or tests but at the end of the training which is conducted weekly, volunteers are asked to reflect on their learning. Our volunteer program provides ongoing development opportunities through meetings and training.

How do I become a Community Palliative Care Volunteer?

The first step is to contact the Community Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator.

You will have to complete an application form and complete a criminal history clearance application. You may also need a working with children card.

After an interview where you can find out more about us and we can find out more about you, you will be offered a place in the training program.

After the training an initial trial placement will be offered in consultation with the coordinator. For more information about the Emerald Community Palliative Care Volunteers please phone 07 4986 7400 or email