Unfortunately due to COVID-19, volunteers are limited at the hospital or locations on-site. The on-site Volunteer Program will not be fully re-instated until after the 1B vaccination round.  A full return is expected by June-July 2021.

In usual circumstances Ballarat Health Services has a strong and vibrant volunteer workforce, providing support and assistance to patients, clients, residents and their families, right across the organisation. 


We love our volunteers, and in usual times volunteering provides a wonderful opportunity to become involved and give back to the community.

It is a great way to learn new skills, gain experience and meet new people, and even make new friends.

Ballarat Health Services usually offers volunteers training opportunities, access to free immunisations and invitations to special events.

A range of flexible volunteering opportunities will be on offer when our volunteer programs return to business as usual later in 2021.


Volunteering opportunities in usual times:

At the Base Hospital; providing assistance and a friendly ear to visitors in the Emergency Department and Outpatients Clinics; assisting patients and visitors to find their way around the hospital in the Welcome Team; sale of gifts and items for fundraising; conducting patient satisfaction surveys and joining the Consumer Partnership Program; acting as a simulated patient for educational purposes.

At the Queen Elizabeth Centre; providing support and companionship to patients in Gandarra Palliative Care Unit; mentoring new amputees; helping in a range of medical and allied health services.

At our Residential Aged Care facilities; providing companionship, assisting with games and fun activities such as cooking and outings.

In our Planned Activity Group Centres; helping staff deliver a program of fun and engaging activities to clients.


For more information, email volunteers@bhs.org.au or phone 0428 178 097.  Anyone can apply, and no previous experience in a health setting is necessary.

You can access our brochure and application form to apply for our onsite programs returning in mid-late 2021.

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