Working with us


Our valued volunteers provide a vital link between the hospital and the community.
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They give their time, expertise, skills and experience to help us provide our patients with the best possible care.

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 caregiver program invites community members to participate in various roles across the hospital that are advertised here when available.

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 complete a certificate standard, an on-line short generic healthcare related training module. This is to be completed in your own time and has an annual refresher requirement. Medium 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 caregiver.

2020 volunteer opportunities

A response will be provided to each enquiry sent to

You will be forwarded a position description/duty statement for the role that interest you (please quote position number) together with an application form.

On receipt of a completed application, an interview will follow if you are regarded as suitable.

Position no. 12020 - 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. Our therapists based in the Hospice’s ‘Footprints Day Centre’ provide complementary therapies for our palliative care patients.

Complementary Therapists volunteer three to four hours of their time weekly or fortnightly to support our palliative care patients enhancing their feelings of wellbeing and quality of life. Sessional resources provided as required. Days and times are flexible during working hours Monday to Thursday.

Position no. 42020 – Reflexology
Position no. 52020 – Massage 

Position no. 10020 – Emergency Department (ED)

The Emergency Department is open 24/7 & the daily activity is undeterminable. Therefore, the session times for volunteering are never more than 4 hours per session but maybe less on a session-by-session basis. While these vacancies do not include weekend opportunities, if you prefer a weekend this can be discussed further. Likewise late afternoon positions can also be available.

This general assistant position involves hospitality to our patients & visitors & assistance with some non-medical related areas that support the team & the department. The role does not relate to medical, clinical or, nursing care other than being in the environment.

Position 10020P:       Monday      9:00am – 12:00pm, weekly

Position 10020L:       Monday       1:00pm – 4:00pm, weekly

Position 10020Q:      Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00pm, fortnightly

Position 10020M:     Thursday      9:00am – 12:00pm, weekly

92020 – Front of House

Based in the reception area at the front of the main hospital this position is the first point of contact for patients, guests & visitors. The role involves meeting & greeting people & providing relevant assistance, information & wayfaring in support of our guests. The ability to learn locations of facilities, wards & medical specialists, assist with taxi hire and car park payments are part of the various requirements. The role entails considerable walking at times and may include some lengthy standing. Finish time can be flexible.

The position also operates as a Hand Hygiene ambassador for patients and visitors to the hospital as part of Infection Control.

Training in manual handling of wheelchairs (limited transportation only) provided during the year if willing & able to undertake this additional assistance.

Position 92020F:         Monday       1:00pm – 4:00pm, weekly

Position 92020G:        Tuesday       1:00pm – 4:00pm, weekly

Position 92020E:        Wednesday 7.30am – 10.30am, weekly

Position 92020I:         Thursday     1:00pm – 4:00pm, weekly

82020 - Ward Amenity Trolley

Hospitality towards our patients is part of the Values of this hospital and we endeavor to enhance every patient’s experience during their stay at Murdoch Hospital. This volunteer role provides a trolley based service to patients at their rooms to enable them to purchase a newspaper, magazines, limited confectionary and some personal products.

Applicants should have a reasonable level of fitness, be prepared to walk a considerable distance across the wards, be able to push a trolley and bend to retrieve stock. People with good communication skills who like friendly chatting, are perceptive & respectful of the diversity of people they will come in contact with are seen as most suitable. Applicants will also be required to handle money and in time potentially an EFTPOS machine – training will be provided as required.

This role is flexible and is undertaken for approximately two to three hours between the hours of 6.30am to 11.00am.

Position no. 82920 – Sunday, weekly.

93020 – Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Seeking compassionate & caring people who have a suitable personal attributes, skills, relatable experience and self-care abilities. The role involves interaction with caregivers, patients & their families. Two interviews are undertaken including one with the Unit Nurse Manager on a concurrent basis wherever possible.
Position 93020A         Monday 8:30am – 12:00pm
Position 93020B         Monday 1:00pm –   4:00pm
Position 93020C         Tuesday 1:00pm –   4:00pm
Position 93020D          Wednesday 1:00pm – 4:00pm 
Position 93020E          Thursday 8:30am – 12:00pm
Position 93020F          Thursday 1:00pm –   4:00pm
Position 93020G         Friday      1:00pm  –  4:00pm

Position no. 52020 - General Ward Assistants


These volunteering roles are based on the concept of bringing our hospital Values to life through hospitality to our patients and enhancing their experience during their stay through person centred care. As a secondary response supporting some of the daily interactions on a hospital ward is included. 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 engagement, communication & empathetic listening in what can be, stressful times for a patient. Due to the priority of safety for our patients, generic hospital & specific role related training is provided.

The roles require considerable standing & walking up to a 4-hour period. Applicants should have a reasonable level of fitness, be mature in approach & have excellent communication skills to encompass a diverse range of people.


There are a number of roles available in wards with various specialities across the hospital.


Bridget Clancy Ward (General Surgery) 8am to 12pm
Position no: 52020A Wednesday, weekly
Position no: 52020B Thursday, weekly

St Catherine’s Ward (General Surgery) 8am to 12pm
Position no: 52020C Tuesday, weekly
Position no: 52020D Thursday, weekly
Position no: 52020E Friday, weekly

St Emilie’s Ward (Respiratory/Cardiology) 8am to 12pm
Position no: 52020F Wednesday, weekly

St Francis Ward (Orthopaedics) 8am to 12pm
Position no: 52020G Thursday, weekly
Position no: 52020H Friday, weekly

St Joseph’s ward (Medical) 8am to 12pm
Position no: 52020I Monday, fortnightly
Position no: 52020J Tuesday, weekly
Position no: 52020K Thursday, weekly
Position no: 52020L Friday, weekly
St Rose Ward (Orthopaedics) 8am to 12pm
Position no: 52020M Tuesday, weekly
Position no: 52020N Thursday, weekly
Thomas Furlong (Medical/Oncology) 8am to 12pm
Position no: 52020Q Tuesday, weekly
Position no: 52020R Wednesday, weekly
Position no: 52020P Thursday, weekly

Position no: 52018O Friday, weekly


Consideration may be given to engaging fortnightly for some of these roles.