Palliative Care NSW Volunteer Support Services Programme
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Please welcome our new Volunteer Support Services Program Manager

I am honoured and excited to be joining the team at PCNSW as Program Manager, Volunteer Support Services.

I have just landed at my new desk today after attending the 2019 NSW Palliative Care Volunteer Conference last week. I am glad that I was able to meet with some of the dedicated volunteers and volunteer managers at the conference and I was impressed with the presentations.

Having worked in Government and non-government organisations including ACON, MS Australia and St John Ambulance Australia (NSW), I have always admired the work of volunteers in the palliative care setting.

In an earlier part of my career I was recruiting and training carers inside the Community Support Network program to assist people living with HIV. The pandemic had changed by then and although there was less of a focus on palliative care, many were still struggling or dealing with associated terminal conditions.

Fast-forward to 2019 and I am reflecting on the last four years with Northern Sydney LHD and South Eastern Sydney LHD across a number of roles in Sydney hospitals including Manager Community Engagement at The Sutherland Hospital. Volunteers’ management and engagement has been my passion and often included coordinating volunteers that were bravely facing end of life care duties such as assistance in oncology wards and community care.

I now enter this space inspired but the work of others and I am looking forward to learning from and hopefully, being a part of providing service to those that play a vital role in today’s palliative care environments.

Please feel free to get in touch with me at any stage; my new email will be colin@palliativecarensw.org.au

Colin Dent

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  1. Liz Hillian
    June 28, 2019

    It’s wonderful to see Palliative Care volunteers in hospitals, it’s something our group has been advocating since establishment 2017, our co-ordinator is working hard with the necessary staff to make this happen in our regional area. We also would like to be accepted into local nursing homes. Congratulations on this great service and I am proud to be a volunteer with it.

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