About this opportunity
Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program, based at Austin Health and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, enabling Australians to make the best choices for their life and health care based on their personal values and beliefs. Advance care planning can empower and prepare individuals, their loved ones, carers and healthcare professionals for important health care decisions they may face in the future. We believe advance care planning is a heartfelt conversation and a personal statement that goes way beyond filling in a form. It’s a commitment to honour and respect an individual’s values and choices. ACPA works to ensure advance care planning discussions become a key part of routine healthcare conversations across Australia. This is a unique volunteering role and an exciting opportunity to be a part of a national health reform program.
Volunteers are an integral part of our program and work in engaging and innovative roles, including:
• volunteering from home and operating a national advisory service for members of the public and health professionals via phone and email
• conducting presentations in the community and at Austin Health
• attending community events
Our Community Ambassadors participate in interesting and varied activities including participating in volunteer-led research, featuring in videos/webinars, acting on advisory committees and participating in multicultural events.
Please note that our volunteers need to be available to volunteer during business hours and accordingly this is a key requirement of the role.
There are two dedicated staff to support the ACPA volunteer program, as well as the support of the broader ACPA and Austin Health Volunteer teams.
Comprehensive training is provided to all successful applicants. Training includes Austin Health volunteer training and ACPA specific training, e.g. online learning modules and dedicated face-to-face sessions and workshops. Training will take place at one of three Austin Health campuses. Attendance at all training sessions is a mandatory requirement of the role.
Training Date Time
Online learning modules Before 3 September Approx. 3-6 hours
Session 1 27 August 9 AM-3 PM
Session 2 28 August 9 AM-3 PM
Session 3 29 August 9 AM-3 PM
ACPA workshop 3 September 9 AM-4 PM
Session 4 4 September 9 AM-3 PM
Session 5 5 September 9 AM-3 PM
Austin Health volunteer training date TBC 9 AM-3 PM
To find out more about this opportunity:
* come to one of our two information sessions at Austin Hospital, 145 Studley Road, Heidleberg, VIC 3014, held on Thursday 2 August 1.00-2.30pm or Tuesday 7 August 10.00-11.30am.
*Visit our website: www dot advancecareplanning dot org dot au/get-involved/volunteers
Please submit your interest via the green "Express interest" button below, including
• why you'd like to join our volunteer team
• what skills, ideas and experiences you believe you can bring to the team.
Suitable applicants will be asked to attend a group interview, provide 100 points of identification, provide a CV and two referees (one professional), and attend seven days of training (see above table for dates).
National Police Certificate *.
• available to volunteer four to eight hours per fortnight between 9am-5pm,
Monday-Friday for at least 12 months
• live in Melbourne
• have an interest in advance care planning (or learning more)
• have excellent written and oral communication skills
• can put complex information into simple terms
• are confident in your presentation skills and telephone skills
• have a background in health, government or education
• have access to a computer and the Internet
Four-eight hours per fortnight during business hoursSuitable for
- Skilled Volunteers
- Counselling & Help Line
- Education & Training
Specific training and ongoing support provided. Supervision and debriefing embedded into programReimbursement
Travel allowance where appropriate