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 as a consumer representative on advisory committees

For inquiries about our volunteer program, please get in touch!


Awards

In 2019, the volunteer team was a finalist for the Better Care Victoria Innovation Award and in 2014 our volunteers won the Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer award for outstanding achievement by a volunteer.

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!”
Catherine,
Advance Care Planning Australia community ambassador, Austin Health, Melbourne


In January 2019 the ACPA volunteer team were presented with the Australia Day Award "in recognition of your valued contribution to the community in the Federal Electorate of Jagajaga".

Volunteer community ambassadors Gloria Smith-Tappe, Catherine Kelly, Veronica Spillane, Jenny McGuirk and Kate Puls with Hon. Jenny Macklin, Federal MP 2019.

“We love talking to people and helping them with the process - and this acknowledgement was the icing on the cake!”
Veronica,
Advance Care Planning Australia community ambassador, Austin Health, Melbourne
Advance Care Planning Australia volunteers accepting an award in 2019.



Our volunteers

  • Alina
    Volunteer Community Ambassador,
    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Alina

    Personal experience with an unwell family member and knowledge of the health sector led Alina to help others take control of their future health care with advance care planning.

  • Catherine_K
    Volunteer Community Ambassador,
    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Catherine

    Before she joined ACPA as a volunteer community ambassador, Catherine enjoyed a distinguished career as an operating theatre nurse. This has provided Catherine with an excellent grounding to help others navigate advance care planning and clarify what matters most to them.

  • James
    Volunteer Community Ambassador,
    Advance Care Planning Australia

    James

    James has seen many families unprepared to discuss losing a loved one. It has provided him with unique insights and understanding of why we need to get more comfortable with death and dying and making our choices clear to those we love the most.

  • Gloria
    Volunteer Community Ambassador,
    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Gloria

    Gloria feels strongly about a person's right to make informed decisions about their care. Her experience as a clinical neuropsychologist has prepared her to listen carefully to those seeking advance care planning advice and ensure they receive the information and support they need.

  • Kate
    Volunteer Community Ambassador ,
    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Kate

    Kate has a background in health care and is a passionate advocate for patient rights making her well suited to her volunteer role with ACPA.