Volunteering Opportunities

We offer a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide, and at community sites across South Australia.

So whether it’s working with patients and families, or helping staff behind the scenes there are many areas in which you can get involved, such as:

  • administration assistance
  • child minding
  • guide team
  • driving
  • family and parent support
  • assisting Play Therapists.

Current Vacancies

Poetry Volunteer

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network is looking for a unique individual to be our Poetry Volunteer offering 6 x 2 hour shifts per year to work with new families to gather feedback of their experience.

As our Poetry Volunteer you will have excellent creative and poetry writing skills and be able to produce poetry on the spot from stories and feedback conveyed to you from new mothers, fathers and families.

The feedback and poems will be used to develop stories for staff education and training and provide a comforting and creative experience for our families.

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) is committed to providing quality services to consumers and their families. SA Health’s Patient-Centred (WCHN Person and Family Centred Care) approach involves engaging with consumers and the community to make sure we are responsive to their needs, values and preferences.

If you are interested please read the role description (267kb) and apply here.

Please mention in your application that you are interested in the Poetry Volunteer role and you must provide a sample of your poetry in your application when you upload your CV.

Administration Support Volunteers

Volunteers give 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, 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
  • Are reliable and can commit to 4 hours per week for at least 6 months

These volunteers must have an understanding of office administration and

  • 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
  • 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 apply here and mention ‘Administration Support’.

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

Heritage & History Group Volunteers

If you are and heritage and history buff we have just the volunteer opportunity for you!

The Heritage and History Group aims to preserve, collect, catalogue, store and display items of historical significance to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and its predecessors the Adelaide Children's Hospital and the Queen Victoria Hospital, and their associated institutions. The collection is managed by one part-time consultant (half day per week) and a small group of active volunteers.

This role would be suited to students of History, Museum and Heritage Studies, Library Studies and Archaelogy.

Collection Assistant

The Collection Assistant Volunteer will assist with object collection management and displays.

The Collection Assistant will have an active interest in heritage and history and the medical based collection held at the Women’s and Children's Hospital and excellent research skills.

Please read the volunteer role description (PDF - 269kb) and if you are interested, apply here.

Play Therapy Volunteers - Paediatric Outpatient Department (POPD)

WCHN Volunteers is offering an exciting opportunity to the right people to become part of a new developing team of Play Therapy Volunteers in the Paediatric Outpatient Department.

Paediatric Outpatients (POPD) is an area of the hospital set aside to provide a pleasant, safe and welcoming environment for children and their families. It is a very large and extremely busy department with multiple clinics occurring daily.

The staff in Outpatients all work together to ensure an efficient, high quality service for children and families attending the various clinics.

POPD Play Therapy Volunteers are enthusiastic, fit and active people who assist the POPD Play Therapist with play activities and special events in all clinic areas.

If you are interested in applying for the role please read the Volunteer Role Description (PDF - 268kb) carefully, as we will be matching prospective volunteers to that description to build a team for 2017.

Please note you will need to be available to start before the end of the year.

If you are interested in this area, apply here and complete as much of the information as possible, and mention that you are interested in this specific role.

Volunteer Guide Team

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; they are computer literate and familiar with portable technologies such as iPads, tablets, and mobile phones or willing to learn.

Our volunteer guides provide a person and family centred care approach to their role as they enjoy being able to help others by directing or guiding them around the hospital. Being part of the WCH Volunteer Guide team is a great way to meet people, 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.

If this is something you think you’d like to do please read the Volunteer Role Description (PDF - 237kb) and apply here.

Volunteering Links

Volunteering SA&NT – www.volunteeringsa.org.au

Go Volunteer – http://govolunteer.com.au

Seek Volunteer – http://volunteer.com.au/Opportunity/State/SA