Volunteer with us

We are recruiting volunteers!

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

Does this sound like you?

  • You have an interest in advance care planning (or learning more about it)
  • You have strong 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)
  • You are available during business hours

Advance Care Planning Australia volunteers accepting an award in 2014.

If so, then join Advance Care Planning Australia and help individuals and healthcare professionals learn more about advance care planning.

Our volunteer team includes people from a diverse range of backgrounds including health care, law, education and the corporate sector. What they have in common is a passion for health, community and living well.

Advance Care Planning Australia is based at Austin Health, but our advance care planning volunteers may volunteer from home. Specific training and ongoing support will be provided, and supervision and de-briefing are embedded into this program. A National Police Certificate will be required.

To learn more about the volunteer experience and how they make a difference read Kate’s story.

Sounds interesting - tell me more!

To find out more, please contact us through the contact form, select 'Volunteering' in the drop-down menu and complete your details.

Please note that the full application process will require attendance at a group interview, online learning modules, and seven days of face-to-face training. Success in obtaining this Volunteer Community Ambassador Role is dependent on completion of this full process.

Key training dates: 15th July, 16th July, 22 July, 23rd, July 29th July, 30th July

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    Volunteer information session

    Advance Care Planning Australia is recruiting our next intake of volunteers. If you’re interested in finding out more about our volunteer program, please join us at the information session.

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    Volunteer information session

    Advance Care Planning Australia is recruiting our next intake of volunteers. If you’re interested in finding out more about our volunteer program, please join us at the information session.

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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

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

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

Our volunteers

  • 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.

  • Natalie-S_optimised
    Volunteer Community Ambassador,
    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Natalie

    Natalie is a medical student and comes to Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) with a strong understanding of the health sector and an impressive track record in volunteering with organisations such as Multiple Sclerosis Australia and the Royal Children’s Hospital.