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Palliative Care

The wonderful team of volunteers in Community Palliative Care provide support, care, a listening ear and assistance to patients and their families.

Working with the Taree and Forster Community Palliative Care Teams, volunteers provide support to patients and their families with a life limiting illness. Volunteers provide support by visiting families in their homes and can provide practical help, companionship and emotional support.  Some examples of how Community Palliative Care volunteers assist are:

  • Giving the home carer a break by sitting with the patient;
  • Helping with shopping or transport to appointments;
  • Running errands;
  • Sit and have a cuppa and a chat; or
  • Taking the patient out socially to a café or shopping

To be considered as a volunteer you must meet the minimum criteria below:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have no criminal history of violence, drug offences, sex offences or crimes against children
  • Are able to independently understand principles of infection control, privacy, confidentiality and workplace safety
  • Obtain your own Working with Children Check (WWCC)