Welcome to the Bendigo Health volunteering page

Did you know that as a volunteer, not only are you supporting our patients, residents and visitors, you're also supporting your own health and wellbeing? Volunteering is a great way to stay fit, become familiar with our health service, connect with like-minded people and have fun. 

Our volunteers are vital members of the Bendigo Health family and provide invaluable support to staff and those who pass through our health service. Bendigo Health currently works in partnership with almost 150 volunteers who generously give their time, skills, energy and care to help improve the health care experience of our patients, staff, residents and visitors. 

Volunteers can be found in many areas across our health service including administration, wards and clinics. They also help out in areas such as palliative care, residential care and some community programs.

Most of our volunteer roles are people-oriented, and are aimed at enhancing the health care experience. This is reflected in the services and areas they cover, including: 

Concierge or orienteering – volunteers walk with patients and visitors, navigating them through the health service to get them safely to their destination.

Wards and clinics – volunteers spend time providing practical and emotional support to people who may enjoy a visit or someone to chat with.

Transport – volunteers will transport some patients home from their hospital stay, allowing them to get home safely.

HACCPYP (Home and Community Care for Younger People) – volunteers will be linked to consumers of this program and provide a level of company, connection and support through social outings.

Palliative care – volunteers spend time chatting with patients and families, and are sometimes involved in a more structured activity program within the day respite service.

Residential care – volunteers visit, get involved in lifestyle activities or may go on a bus trip with residents.

How to become a Bendigo Health volunteer?

Application Process

Please only begin the application process if you think you can meet the following requirements.

  • Police check.
  • Statutory declaration. 
  • Two positive reference checks: carried out on each volunteer (one must be must be a work/volunteer referee. No family referees can be used) 
  • Undertake a face to face volunteer orientation (2x3 hour sessions)
  • All volunteers at Bendigo Health must also acquire a Working with Children Check. Please note that this is free for volunteers.
  • Volunteers must provide proof of COVID vaccination status.
  • Placement interview to discuss best involvement in the volunteering program.
  • Attendance at a group volunteer interview (please bring your completed police check and statutory declaration).

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in joining our team please apply now.

Contact us

Volunteer Services
Level 2 Community Links
Bendigo Hospital 
100 Barnard Street
entry via Mercy Street

03 5454 7639

[email protected]

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