Palliative Care NSW Volunteer Support Services Programme

Induction Training sample programs

Here are some examples of how you might arrange your Induction Training sessions for volunteers. Existing services have developed their own programs to suit their needs, and they usually engage local clinicians to provide the training on the day. The trainers might use material from the Volunteer Training Resource Kit (PCV, 2012) or they might develop their own material.

Sample 2 Day Induction Program (2 full days) (with thanks to John Hunter Children's Hospital)

This format might be suitable for existing volunteers with experience in a similar health setting and/or in community support.

Day 1

0900 – 1030 What is Palliative Care? How does volunteering make a difference?

1030 – 1045 Morning tea

1045 – 1230 Communication and family dynamics

1230 – 1300 Lunch

1300 – 1400 Clinical/health and treatment issues

1400 – 1500 The role of the volunteer

1500 Close

Day 2

0900 – 1030 Spirituality

1030 – 1045 Morning tea

1045 – 1230 Grief and bereavement, self-care and boundaries

1230 – 1300 Lunch

1300 – 1400 Practical care and support

1400 – 1500 Next steps

1500 Close

 

Sample 9 Day Induction Program (9 part-days) (With thanks to Tweed Palliative Support Inc)

Day 1 – What is Palliative Care? The role of the clinical and support team

Day 2 – Communication, Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

Day 3 – Family dynamics, Caring for the Dying (body and spirit), the Funeral Ritual

Day 4 – The Dying Process, Advance Care Directives

Day 5 – Grief and Loss, Massage for volunteers, Clinical knowledge

Day 6 – Spiritual care for the dying, the role of the Social Worker

Day 7 – Field visit, guest speaker with personal experience of loss

Day 8 – Palliative Care and the GP, Stress Management, Bereavement and Meditation

Day 9 – Patient care and contact, Letting-go and Completion