Volunteering

At each of our hospitals there are volunteer programs that provide an opportunity for the local community to help our patients and their patients.

Volunteering with us offers a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the community and our hospitals, by helping our patients and visitors to have a pleasant journey.

There are a number of ways you can get involved with our health service:

Every hospital has a dedicated auxiliary service which makes our patients stay more comfortable.

Services provided by auxiliary volunteers include:

  • escorting patients to different parts of the hospital
  • doing shopping for patients
  • handing out magazines
  • making tea and coffee
  • arrange and deliver flowers
  • assist with archiving and administration.

For more information about how to apply to join one of our auxiliaries, please visit the website for the hospital you’d like to volunteer for:

Volunteer Transport is an integral part of our volunteer services as it provides a personal transport service for patients who have difficulty travelling to and from hospital for their appointments.

Drivers pick up patients from their homes and transport them to hospital for appointments, returning them back to their homes afterwards.

All drivers are provided with a car, mobile phone and relevant training prior to commencing their voluntary services for our patients.

If you’d like to become a volunteer driver, please visit the website for the hospital you’d like to volunteer for:

Photograph of Forget Me Not volunteer with patientPatients living with dementia and delirium are benefiting from the 'Forget Me Not' program at Royal Perth Bentley Group.

The program is staffed by a dedicated group of trained volunteers, who offer comfort and support to patients with cognitive impairment, specifically dementia and delirium.

The ‘Forget Me Not’ volunteers are able to provide patients with a friendly face, emotional support and practical assistance at a time when they needed it most. This person-centred care can reduce patients’ anxiety and distress levels in an unfamiliar environment, which can assist with recovery.

If being a 'Forget Me Not' volunteer sounds like something you are interested in, please check you meet the below requirements before expressing your interest:

  • an interest or experience in older people or people with dementia
  • respect for the beliefs, values and culture of others
  • good communication skills
  • have not experienced a major personal loss in the past year (preferred)
  • ability to contribute as being part of a team
  • over the age of 18.

If you would like to become involved with the ‘Forget Me Not’ volunteer program contact ForgetMeNotVolunteerProgram@health.wa.gov.au.

We have a Consumer Advisory Committee for each hospital which provides an opportunity for consumers to participate in the development and delivery of hospital services.

Members of the committees work in partnership with staff to ensure the community voice is heard, acknowledged and valued by our health service.

For more information visit the Consumer Advisory Committees page.

Last Updated: 29/04/2019