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?
Hospital Based volunteers have a broad understanding of cancer treatments and effects beyond their personal experience. They have supportive communication skills and work within the limitations of their role to:
- provide mutual support from shared experience
- reduce feelings of isolation and stigma
- communicate hope and optimism
- give emotional and informational support.
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 are currently located in the following hospitals/facilities.
- Greenslopes Private Hospital
- Prince Charles Palliative Care unit
- Atherton Hospital
- Cairns Hospital
- Cairns Private Hospital
- Pindara Private Hospital
- John Flynn Private Hospital
- Mater Hospital
- SC Haematology and Oncology Clinic
- St Andrews Hospital
Wide Bay / Burnett:
- Hervey Bay Hospital
- The Friendly Society Private Hospital
What patients say:
“I met a lovely CCQ volunteer today at Prince Charles Hospital palliative care unit. His friendly manner made our heartbreaking day just a little easier!”
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.
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.”