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Volunteering at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Volunteers are an integral part of the care provided by St Vincent’s and play a crucial role in our health service. Our volunteers are very well supported and receive full Hospital orientation and training where required. 

Some of the ways our volunteers can help include:

  • Serving at our Hospital convenience story, ‘The Little Shop’
  • Providing companionship for our patients
  • Trolley services
  • Hospitality desk services
  • Escorting and assisting patients and visitors
  • Assisting on various wards, including aged care and ICU
  • Administration
  • Biography Services for our palliative care patients

Our patients and their families benefit greatly from our volunteers’ contribution and our volunteers regularly report that they learn about their strengths and talents, develop new skills and expand their social circles. 

In accordance with NSW Health Guidelines, prospective volunteers need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Attend a Volunteer Information Session
  • Undergo a criminal record and working with children clearance check
  • Undertake immunisation checks and clearance
  • Attend annual fire training
  • Attend annual WH&S training
  • Sign a confidentiality agreement
  • Attend induction and corporate orientation
  • Commit to at least 12 months volunteering
  • Undertake a probationary period
  • Be in good emotional and physical health
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be punctual and reliable
  • Be well presented

Our Volunteer Coordinator at St Vincent’s coordinates all volunteer activities and is able to provide you with the skills and support you require to perform your volunteering duties.

If you would like to be involved please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 02 8382 9559 or email

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life with what we give” Author Unknown