The third cohort of Community Palliative Care Volunteers has completed the 25 hour Induction Training Program with Far West Local Health District to prepare them for volunteering in the Broken Hill community. They graduated on 7th May and were presented a Certificate of Completion indicating they are ready to commence visits with palliative patients in the community.
The four new volunteers will join the existing Community Palliative Care volunteer team who support palliative care patients.
“Patients living at home who are receiving Specialist Palliative Care Services are eligible for Community Palliative Care Volunteer Services”, said Janet Pearce, Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator. She said a volunteer and a patient are matched to ensure compassionate and person-centred support for the patient and their carers to enhance their quality of life. “The volunteers are all excellent listeners, warm, empathetic and compassionate people with a strong commitment to volunteering with palliative care services”.
Melissa Cumming, Program Director Cancer and Palliative Care Services (pictured above left), and Janet Pearce, Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator (pictured above right), congratulated the dedicated team of volunteers on completion of their training.