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Princess Margaret Hospital

Volunteering

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Roles of volunteers at PMH
Volunteering hours
Prerequisites
Applying to volunteer at PMH
Contact Information

 

Volunteers are an essential element of the hospital and have been providing services with love, concern and goodwill to patients and their families since 1929.

Our dedicated volunteers contribute to the well-being of children and young people seven days a week. They commit their expertise and time to day-to-day hospital operations and in support roles for parents, families and carers.

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Roles of volunteers at PMH

Volunteers provide support in various areas throughout the hospital including:

  • Admissions – escorting new patients to their room
  • Archives – conserving and preserving documents and historical items that have been with the hospital since before it was built in 1909!
  • Emergency department – high demand for weekend volunteers that help nursing staff keep patients and their siblings occupied with toys and books and provide support to parents when needed.
  • Friendship Room – a respite area for families whose children are in surgery, where volunteers provide refreshments and emotional support. Volunteers working in this area must attend an orientation session organised by theatre staff.
  • Outpatients – this volunteering role is active on weekdays and involves organising creative activities for patients and their siblings as they wait for their specialist appointment. Refreshments are also provided by volunteers for parents.
  • School – help teachers supervise and encourage patients to complete their school work.
  • Ward friends – support, comfort and care for children who may be alone in hospital, or while their parents take a short break.
  • Ward trolley – deliver healthy snacks to parents and visitors on the wards.

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Volunteering hours

Being a PMH volunteer requires an ongoing commitment. Volunteers are rostered for a specific day, usually weekly or fortnightly.

Common PMH volunteer shifts include:

  • 9:00am – 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • 5:00pm – 9:00pm

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Prerequisites

You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience to volunteer, just the ability to commit to regular rosters and a passion to help others. You will receive appropriate training to carry-out your volunteering duties.

The minimum age to volunteer at PMH is 18.

Before becoming a volunteer, you will be required to:

  • obtain a ‘Working with Children Check’ (cost covered by PMH)
  • obtain a police clearance certificate (cost covered by PMH)
  • have a blood test (cost covered by PMH)
  • attend an orientation session.

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Applying to volunteer at PMH

If you can see yourself in one of the PMH volunteer roles, you are encouraged to complete and submit a volunteer application form.

Completed forms can be submitted in a number of ways.

Via email In person Mail

andy.wahid@health.wa.gov.au
or
robyn.ricketts@health.wa.gov.au

Office 307
Child and Family Engagement
Level 3, Administration Building
Princess Margaret Hospital
Roberts Road, Subiaco 6008

Attention: Coordinator Volunteer Services
Child and Adolescent Health Service
Level 3, Administration Building
Princess Margaret Hospital
Roberts Road, Subiaco 6008

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Contact

If you have any questions regarding volunteering at PMH, contact the PMH Volunteer Coordinator, Andy Wahid:

Phone: 08 9340 8716
Email: andy.wahid@health.wa.gov.au

 
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