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Volunteers at the RCH assist in many different ways and areas, with the overarching aim of supporting children, families and staff.
Volunteers are assigned to wards to support patients, which can include assisting the Educational Play Therapy Program or supervising play activities in Specialist Clinics and Day Surgery.
Volunteers are often called upon to assist in the care of siblings of patients, or to provide support to the families of patients by offering respite care so parents can meet privately with their child's health professionals, go for a walk or take a break. Volunteers often provide invaluable support just by being a warm, friendly person with whom to have a chat.
Providing way finding assistance, showing families how to use the online check-in system or providing information on the hospital facilities are some of the ways Volunteers assist staff at the Front Enquiry Desk, Emergency Department and at Specialist Clinics.
If the outlined volunteer roles do not interest you here are some other ways in which you can help The Royal Children's Hospital.
There is no guarantee that volunteering will assist you to get a job at the hospital and we discourage applications from candidates whose motivation is to improve their career prospects rather than aiming to improve the experience of patients, families and staff at the hospital.
Prospective volunteers must:
See How to become a volunteer
Contact Volunteering Victoria on 9642 5266 or search Go Volunteer or Seek Volunteer for more volunteering opportunities.
Most public hospitals within Victoria also have Volunteer Programs. Contact the hospitals in your area to find out about their opportunities.
Your local council can also advise you of Volunteering opportunities in your area.
Our Volunteers must commit to:
Volunteers are allocated roles based their availability, skills and experience and in keeping with the hospital's priorities.
The shifts available vary depending on the role, program and hospital priorities.
However most roles operate within the following:
Between 8:00am and 5:30pm
Between 4:30pm and 12:00am WeekdaysBetween 9:00am and 12:00am Weekends
You can now apply to volunteer by completing an online application. For links to the online application, refer to the page How to become a volunteer
If your application is successful:
Unfortunately we are not able to offer short-term, single day volunteering for groups.
No. Due to the minimum age and time commitment required, our volunteer program is not suitable for school community service or Duke of Edinburgh requirements.
Volunteering is not a substitute for work-experience or a work placement. Candidates seeking work-experience or work placements should refer to the RCH Careers page.
The Starlight Foundation is responsible for the volunteers in the Starlight Express Room. You can contact the foundation on 1300 727 827, or visit www.starlight.org.au, for details.
The Pet Therapy dog volunteers are coordinated by Lort Smith Animal Hospital, North Melbourne, with the dogs, and owners, undergoing a thorough selection process. If you are interested in becoming a pet therapy volunteer, contact Lort Smith directly on 9328 3021 or see their website at www.lortsmith.com
The RCH Foundation is responsible for our fundraising efforts. Please see the RCH Foundation's website for details on how you can help.