Help needed for hospital

Western Health volunteers John Clare and Nerissa Asturias.

By Tate Papworth

The Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will soon open its doors and the hunt is on for volunteers.

Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital co-ordinator of volunteers Michelle Dellios said 100 volunteers will be needed to help run the hospital.

“We’ve been working on building our volunteer base for months, probably since construction on the building was halfway done,” Ms Dellios said.

“We’re seeking people who enjoy interaction with children, women and families and have a strong belief in inclusion and diversity.”

Volunteers will be recruited to carry out a range of tasks, including activities for children in the outpatient clinics, supporting families of children undergoing surgery, and fundraising.

Ms Dellios said it was a great opportunity for those wanting to work in the health industry.

“It’s very rewarding work,” she said.

“Volunteers are very appreciated here at Western Health, so if people have spare time and like to work with children it’s a real opportunity.

“It’s a particularly good opportunity for people who might want to become a midwifery nurse or speech therapist to come experience life in a hospital.”

Ms Dellios said the hospital would like a solid commitment from volunteers.

“We ask people for a minimum commitment of 12 months,” she said.

“Given the nature of the work, we need people prepared to be reliable, turn up every week and provide a service for the community.”

The hospital will be holding information sessions next month.

The first session will be held on Thursday, March 14 from 6-7pm and the second on Friday, March 22 from 10.30-11.30am at Sunshine Hospital.

RSVP to or 8395 9092.

Bookings are essential.