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

Administration Support Volunteers

Our wonderful Administration Support Volunteers make an extremely valuable contribution to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

They enhance our services by giving 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 and 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 or
  • Have transferrable skills for these roles
  • Are reliable and can commit to 4 hours per week for at least 6 months

These volunteers must have:

  • 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 (not all roles require this)
  • 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.

Volunteer Guide Team

Join our prestigious team of Volunteer Guides!

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 have first class customer service skills and 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, keep your bran active, 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 PDF iconVolunteer Role Description (237kb) and apply here.

Heritage and 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.

We have two specialist roles to fill at present. These roles 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 PDF iconVolunteer Role Description (267kb) and if you are interested, apply here.

Data Entry

The Data Entry Volunteer will use the specialist database, Past Perfect, to enter collection data and audit collection objects for the group.

The Data Entry Volunteer will need to have data entry experience, experience with Past perfect database or the ability to learn and excellent internet research skills.

Please read the PDF iconVolunteer Role Description (267kb) and if you are interested, apply here.

Survey Volunteer

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital is committed to providing quality services to consumers and their families.  We continually conduct surveys developed specifically to get children and their parents to give us feedback on the care that has been provided to them at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The survey is to support hospital staff to hear about consumer experiences of our service prior to going home. The information gained from the survey will help us to learn more about parent’s and children’s experiences from their point of view so that we can ensure that we deliver quality services and positive experiences.

The survey is voluntary. The survey is anonymous and completely confidential. There are no risks associated with this survey activity. There are no right or wrong answers.

We are requiring volunteers to survey in 10 wards and two outpatient areas once a week for four hours over a 12 week period. After 12 weeks a report is produced and handed to staff to address any concerns and celebrate all positive feedback.

Volunteers will be required to make a 6 month commitment.

If you are interested, please read the PDF iconRole Description (274kb) and apply here.
Please mention in your application that you are interested in the Survey Volunteer role.

Play Therapy Volunteers - Paediatric Outpatient Department (POPD)

WCHN Volunteers is offering an exciting opportunity to the right people to become part of a 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 - 261kb) carefully, as we will be matching volunteers to that description to increase the existing team for 2018.

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.

Play Therapy Volunteers – Paediatric Wards

Play Therapy volunteer make a valuable contribution to the life of the hospital, the patients, their families and staff by providing a caring and efficient service which enhances the activities of the paid Play Therapists.

Play Therapy Volunteer are caring, patient people who relate well to children of all ages as well as adults. They are able to perform the role with minimum supervision and guidance and provide extra support to assist the Play Therapists in one of the paediatric wards in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) to which they are assigned.

If you are interested in this role, apply here, giving as much information as possible about your experience working with children. Mention that you are interested in applying for this role.

Family Support Volunteers

The Family Support Program is set up to provide support to families whose child may be hospitalised for an extended period of time. Family Support Volunteers can give parents or carers respite from the bedside, or the hospital, so they may have a break, work, cares for other children or attends appointments. The volunteers also give time to children from country areas whose parent or carers may not have been able to come to the hospital with them.

Volunteers with the Family Support Program are confident with children and parents and recognise their boundaries. The volunteers all receive training in the special needs of children in hospital and can hold, calm, play and talk with children under instruction from parents, carers and nursing staff. Volunteers also assist with practical and administrative tasks on the ward if time allows.

If you are interested in this role, apply here, giving as much information as possible about your experience working with children and parents. Mention that you are interested in applying for this role.

Volunteering Links

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

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

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