The Hospital-based Volunteer Program brings trained volunteers into the hospital setting to provide support and information to cancer patients and their families. Hospital-based volunteers complement the care provided by the treating oncology team.
The program involves collaboration between Cancer Council Queensland and participating hospitals.
What will a hospital-based volunteer provide?
All volunteers within the Hospital Based Volunteering program have had a close, personal experience with cancer as a patient or carer. This experience enables them to provide empathy, understanding, validation, and hope to those currently undergoing a cancer journey.
Hospital Based volunteers are also fully trained in supportive communication skills, boundaries, self-care, and understanding a broad range of cancer treatments and side effects.
Hospital Based volunteers provide emotional and informational support by;
- Providing mutual support from shared experience
- Reducing feelings of isolation and stigma
- Communicating hope and optimism
- Giving emotional and informational support, and
- Providing information about other supportive services that may be of benefit to the patient or carer.
Christmas operating hours
Hospital-based volunteers will be unavailable between Monday, December 17, 2018 and Friday, January 4, 2019. These programs will recommence from Monday, January 7, 2019 but will be subject to volunteer availability.
Would you like a volunteer to visit you?
If you would like a volunteer to visit you then you can ask your treating team to arrange it.
We have volunteers currently located in the following hospitals/facilities.
- Greenslopes Private Hospital
- ICON Wesley Hospital
- Atherton Hospital
- Cairns Hospital
- Cairns Private Hospital
- Innisfail Hospital
- Pindara Private Hospital
- John Flynn Private Hospital
- Mater Hospital
- ICON Cancer Centre Mackay
- SC Haematology and Oncology Clinic
- Sunshine Coast University Hospital
- St Andrews Hospital
- Toowoomba Base Hospital
Wide Bay / Burnett:
- Friendly Society Private Hospital
- Hervey Bay Hospital
- ICON Cancer Centre Bundaberg
- Maryborough Hospital
- Maryborough Hospital Supportive Services Unit
What patients say:
“What really impressed me was that the volunteer included my husband in the conversations, and talked to him about how he was doing and asked if there was anything he needed.”
How can I become a Hospital-based Volunteer?
Anyone interested in becoming a Hospital-based Volunteer with Cancer Council Queensland should check out the volunteer opportunities page on our website or call the Cancer Council Queensland Volunteer Hotline on 1300 851 957.
What our volunteers say:
“Thanks to CCQ for giving me the chance to do this and give of my time to help cancer patients through this tough time. I was one of them once and know how much I appreciated the volunteer come visit and support me.”
“Thank you CCQ for allowing me to be a part of your team. It is a job I truly love.”