Volunteer with us

About our volunteers

Our volunteers are advance care planning community ambassadors  that work with Advance Care Planning Australia to increase awareness and uptake of advance care planning among Australians and help people achieve positive health outcomes.

Advance Care Planning Australia trains and mentors advance care planning ambassadors to enable people to have advance care planning conversations by providing support, education, and resources. Advance care planning ambassadors are involved in a range of initiatives including:

  • conducting community and conference presentations
  • representing Advance Care Planning Australia at community events
  • operating a national advance care planning advisory service
  • facilitating advance care planning among patient groups
  • participate in volunteer-led research
  • assisting in the creation of videos and webinars
  • acting on advisor committees

In 2014, our ambassadors won the Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer award for outstanding achievement by a volunteer team in metropolitan health. Shown here are advance care planning community ambassadors Kate Puls and Catherine Kelly with The Hon David Davis, Victorian Health Minister 2014.

Advance Care Planning Australia volunteers accepting an award in 2014.
“It’s a good feeling to know that information I deliver at presentations does make a difference to many people!”
Advance Care Planning Australia community ambassador, Austin Health, Melbourne

How to become a volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of our program and work in engaging and innovative roles.

Does this sound like you?

  • You have an interest in advance care planning (or learning more about it)
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • You are confident in your presentation skills and/or telephone skills
  • You have high-level English literary and health literacy
  • You can translate complex information and concepts into language that is clear, accessible and easy to understand
  • You can present information to people with varying levels of health literacy in person and over the phone and email
  • You enjoy working with people
  • You have access to a computer and the internet and are comfortable using these technologies
  • You live in Melbourne (or nearby)

If so, then join Advance Care Planning Australia and help individuals and healthcare professionals learn more about advance care planning. A background in health, government or education would be beneficial but is not essential. Specific training and ongoing support will be provided, and supervision and de-briefing are embedded into this program. Advance Care Planning Australia is based at Austin Health, but our advance care planning volunteers work from home. A National Police Certificate will be required.

This is a unique volunteering role and an exciting opportunity to be a part of an expanding department of Austin Health and a national project with a focus on volunteers.

For more information about becoming a volunteer or to express your interest, please email acpa@austin.org.au with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your contact number
  • Your email address
  • Tell us why you would like to join our volunteer team
  • Tell us what skills, ideas and experiences you believe you can bring to the team