Working with us

Volunteers

Our valued volunteers provide a vital link between the hospital and the community.

They give their time, expertise, skills and experience to help us provide our patients with the best possible care.

Hear why our volunteer caregivers enjoy volunteering at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

All volunteering on our campus is undertaken with the St John of God Health Care values in mind to enhance the experience of our patients, their families and their friends.

Our volunteer program invites community members to participate in various roles across the hospital.

Essential volunteer requirements

To be considered for a volunteer caregiver role, you must:

  • have excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage with a diverse range of people and interact with empathy, patience and understanding
  • regard yourself as a people person who is interested and approachable in assisting and supporting a range of people from the community
  • be over 18 years of age 
  • have a friendly, helpful and mature disposition and have a general positive attitude to contribute to a patient’s sense of wellbeing and the experience of their family and friends
  • understand the concept of professional boundaries when engaging with patients and their families
  • understand the importance of confidentiality and privacy
  • have the time to commit to a volunteering role with ongoing reliable attendance for a minimum period of 12 months
  • be prepared to attend an information and interview session
  • be willing to undertake and complete an orientation session and induction into the role
  • be able and willing to undertake and obtain 100 per cent compliance in a range of on-going on-line healthcare related training modules that have either one or two year validity. These are to be completed in your own time and medium to higher computer skills are required
  • be prepared to undergo certain personal checks (e.g. 100 point Identification check; National Police check) and sign adherence to hospital policies and procedures
  • understand and support the Mission and Values of St John of God Hospital Murdoch
  • be non-judgemental and open to the diversity of people from differing spiritual and religious beliefs, ideas, cultures, religions, philosophies, attitudes and expectations that you may come in contact with while a volunteer.

How to become a volunteer

Please read the essential criteria and commitment required for all volunteering vacancies in the hospital before submitting an Expression of Interest for any position via email Murdoch.Volunteers@sjog.org.au to register your interest. After consideration, we will email you a Position Description/Duty Statement and an application form. After considering the role you may then choose to complete the application form and forward to Murdoch Hospital.

Volunteer opportunities (closing 20 April 2018)

St John of God Murdoch Hospital invites you to provide a short Expression of Interest (EOI) for the following volunteering positions available at the hospital. Please consider carefully the one-year commitment for our volunteer program prior to applying.

When forwarding your EOI, please provide the position number and a brief overview of your reasons for wanting to volunteer for the position.

Roles marked with * may be also suitable for nursing students or students in aligned modalities who are seeking an experience within a hospital environment.

Position no. 12018 - Complementary therapists
Are you a qualified Complementary Therapist with evidence of recognised qualifications? Would you like to contribute to the community by becoming a volunteer caregiver in our touch based complementary therapy program? We are seeking qualified therapists in reflexology and massage to join the volunteer team of complementary therapists.

Other modalities in complementary therapy may be considered and you are invited to contact us to discuss. Our therapists are based in the Hospice Footprints Day Centre.

Hospice Therapists volunteer three to four hours of their time weekly or fortnightly to support our palliative care patients to enhance their wellbeing and quality of life. Any resources required for a session are provided. Days and times are flexible during the working week Monday to Thursday.

Position no. 22018 – Hair Stylist
This position is on a fortnightly basis for a two to three hour commitment. Day and time is negotiable.

Footprints Day Centre located in the Hospice at Murdoch Hospital is seeking a qualified Hair Stylist to join the volunteer Complementary Therapy team in providing a range of care to support our palliative care patients. All resources required are provided.

Position no. 32018 – Beauty Therapist
This position is on a fortnightly basis for a two to three hour commitment.  Day and time is negotiable.

Footprints Day Centre located in the Hospice at Murdoch Hospital is seeking a qualified Beauty Therapist to join the volunteer Complementary Therapy team in providing a range of care to support our palliative care patients. All resources required are provided.                          

Position no. 62018 – Day Procedure Unit (DPU)
There are two positions available on a weekly basis on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. The finishing time will vary slightly dependent on hospital activity.

Volunteering roles in DPU are based on the concept of being ‘of service’ bringing hospitality to our patients post procedure through the provision of beverages and light food as required.

Murdoch Hospital is seeking people who meet the essential personal criteria to enhance the experience of our patients during their short-term stay. An interest in meeting, helping and communicating with a diverse range of people is essential.

Position no. 10018 – Emergency Department (ED)
As the Emergency Department is open 24/7 there is flexibility regarding volunteering in this department with both weekly and fortnightly sessions. The daily activity is indeterminable so session times for volunteering are never more than four hours per session but may be less on a session-by-session basis.

This general assistant position involves hospitality to our patients and visitors and assistance with some non-medical related areas that support the team.
Position no: 10018A, Tuesday am, weekly basis
Position no: 10018B, Wednesday am, weekly basis
Position no: 10018C, Thursday am, weekly basis
Position no: 10018D, Monday pm, weekly basis
Position no: 10018E, Friday pm, fortnightly basis * 

Position no. 52018 - General Ward Assistants
These volunteering roles are based on the concept of being ‘of service’ bringing our hospital Values to life through hospitality to our patients and supporting some of the daily interactions on a hospital ward. No clinical or aligned nursing duties are undertaken with the primary response being the provision of hospitality.

Murdoch Hospital is seeking people who meet the essential personal criteria to enhance the experience of our patients during their stay particularly in regard to communication & empathetic listening in what can be, stressful times for a patient. Due to the priority of safety for our patients, both base generic hospital & specific role related training is provided.

These roles require considerable standing and walking for up to a four-hour period. Applicants should have a reasonable level of fitness, be mature in approach and have excellent communication skills to encompass a diverse range of people.       

There are a variety of roles available in different clinical areas across the hospital.

Bridget Clancy Ward (General Surgery) 8am to 12 noon, weekly basis
Position no: 52018A Wednesday
Position no: 52018B Thursday, fortnightly basis *
Position no: 52018C Friday, fortnightly basis *

St Catherine’s Ward (General Surgery) 8am to 12 noon, weekly basis
Position no: 52018D Thursday
Position no: 52018E Friday

St Elizabeth Ward (Paediatrics) 8am to 12 noon, weekly basis
Position no: 52018F Tuesday 

St Francis Ward (Orthopaedics) 8am to 12 noon, weekly basis
Position no: 52018G Friday  

St Joseph’s Ward (Medical) 8am to 12 noon, weekly basis
Position no: 52018H Monday
Position no: 52018I Friday, fortnightly basis *

St Michaels Ward (Paediatrics) 8am to 12 noon, weekly
Position no: 52018J Tuesday
Position no: 52018K Thursday

St Rose Ward (Orthopaedics) 8am to 12 noon, weekly
Position no: 52018L  Thursday
Position no: 52018M  Friday                    

Thomas Furlong (Medical/Oncology) 8am to 12 noon, weekly
Position no: 52018N Thursday
Position no: 5201O Friday
Position no: 52018P Wednesday, fortnightly basis *

The availability of these volunteer positions closes on Friday 20 April 2018 and no further interest will be considered beyond this date.