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Volunteering at Peninsula Health

Volunteer for Peninsula Health

Our Volunteers

More than 750 volunteers currently complement the care and treatment of patients and clients across all the sites of Peninsula Health.

The work of Peninsula Health volunteers is deeply appreciated and valued by staff, patients, clients and their families.

Volunteers help to enhance the quality of the service and care we provide and we actively encourage community engagement.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a rewarding experience for all those involved. It is important to think about what you would like to get from your volunteer experience, so that we can best match you to one of our specific and valued roles. Volunteers are found helping out in wards, kiosks, Emergency Departments, activity rooms, reception areas, in the community and participating in fundraising activities. 

Auxiliaries

With demands for Peninsula Health services growing every year, the additional resources provided by our auxiliaries’ philanthropic efforts are invaluable in enabling us to offer a comprehensive range of health services. Peninsula Health is fortunate to have a number of Auxiliaries established by volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts towards enhancing our health service.

  • K.I.D.S. Auxiliary
  • Frankston Hospital Men’s Auxiliary
  • Frankston Hospital Pink Ladies Auxiliary
  • Friends of Carinya Auxiliary
  • Rosebud Auxiliary
  • Rosebud Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary

Current Volunteer Vacancies

@ Frankston Hospital

  • The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) caters to patients with severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries, which require constant, close monitoring and support from specialist equipment and medications. ICU volunteers will work closely with medical staff to ensure a sensitive and discreet reception and support service for patients and visitors within the unit. Shift/days as agreed, 1.30 – 3.30pm or 4pm-6pm weekdays.
  • The Frankston Hospital Pink Ladies would welcome new members to join their team. Operating Frankston Hospital’s busy main public café in the entrance foyer, the Pinkies provide a friendly face, good service and legendary sandwiches…raising funds for hospital equipment. Shift/days as agreed, 8am -12noon, 10am – 2pm, 1pm – 5pm Monday to Saturday.
  • The Adult Acute Inpatient Unit (2 West) provides mental health assessment, treatment and management during an acute phase of a person’s mental illness. 2West ward volunteers will assist staff with a range of tasks and activities (e.g basic administration, setting up areas for group activities) that support the overall quality of care to clients.

@ Carinya Aged Persons Mental Health Residential Care Facility, Frankston

  • Carinya provides highly specialised and unique care for elderly members of the community who have dementia or mental health diagnoses and cannot be managed in generic nursing homes due to behavioural issues. ‘Sundowner’ volunteers will be guided by and work alongside Carinya staff to help residents feel more supported, secure and settled by providing companionship or engaging in an activity. We are looking for people who have excellent interpersonal skills, a compassion for those experiencing mental ill-health and are available between 4 – 7 pm (days as agreed).

@ Golf Links Rd Rehabilitation, Frankston

  • Become a Speech Assist Volunteer and support our Speech Pathologists provide activities and run social groups that give our patients opportunities to enhance their communication skills and confidence. Friday 9 – 12noon.

@The Mornington Centre

  • Flinders Ward at The Mornington Centre is an inpatient geriatric rehabilitation wing specialising in the care of patients with multiple chronic and complex medical conditions including cognitive impairment or dementia. Patient Companion volunteers will help patients feel more supported, secure and settled in the hospital environment – especially those patients who have limited support from family and friends and who would benefit from a companion who is able to sit, talk or read with them, assist at mealtimes and maybe walk around the ward or assist in an activity. Shift/days as agreed 10.00am – 1.00pm, 4.00pm – 7.00pm Monday – Friday, Sunday.

@ Rosebud Hospital

  • Come join the Rosebud Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary who provide a great café service for staff and visitors at Rosebud Hospital…all profits donated to the hospital.
  • Rosebud Hospital Pink Lady Group is seeking morning helpers to assist with patient flowers and papers.
  • Join the ‘green thumbs’ Rosebud Hospital Garden Group to help maintain and beautify the hospital outdoor areas.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer or Auxiliary member we would be delighted to hear from you.

For volunteer enquiries:

Helen Wilson | Volunteer Program Manager
03 9784 2674 | hwilson@phcn.vic.gov.au

Gloria Callery | Coordinator of Volunteers Community Health
03 9784 8174 | gcallery@phcn.vic.gov.au

Alexis Ward | Manager of Spiritual Care
03 9784 7691 | award@phcn.vic.gov.au

For printer friendly information, please download our Volunteer brochure (pdf 1 MB).

Other ways to get involved 

  • Bears that Care – Bears that Care have a very big job to do. They provide care and comfort to vulnerable patients, including kids and adults who come into the hospital. Bears that care also used as an educational tool to help explain to kids what’s happening. If you’d like donate a knitted Bear that Cares, please download the Bear the Cares pattern here.
  • Work experience – For Year 10 -12 students, Peninsula Health has a Work Experience Program which offers students the opportunity to observe and learn about the range of career pathways. For information on how to apply for work experience please contact our Human Resources Department on 9784 2700.