Our main role is to strengthen the ability of the ill person, and his/her family and friends to live as fully and as richly as possible.

Palliative care volunteers help provide:

comfort and support to people and families living with a life-limiting illness in the home, hospital, hospices, residential aged care facilities and palliative care units contact with families through the time of bereavement

Volunteers may be involved in:

  • listening
  • providing emotional support
  • assisting at mealtimes
  • helping with transport/outings
  • respite care
  • maintaining contact with the family
  • bereavement support


A palliative care volunteer is a person who:-

A nurse who is 18 years or older

  • receives training and ongoing support from hospital
  • enjoys meeting people
  • is comfortable being with someone who has a life-limiting illness
  • is an important and integral part of the palliative care team
  • wants to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of those they visit
  • is non-judgmental