Volunteers are an important part of Portland District Health, an enthusiastic group of people sharing their time, skills and life experiences with us to support clients, patients, staff and the wider community. By providing the time, enthusiasm and dedication these volunteers work alongside heal care professional staff to add value to our communities healthcare and other services.

Some areas where volunteers are currently involved: 

Support in the hospital

Volunteers are involved in a number of activities throughout the hospital, supporting both the patients and the staff.

Palliative Care

Support to Palliative Care patients and their families in the community. Volunteers must complete an intensive training program in Palliative Care before entering patient’s residence etc.

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers are involved in the delivery of meals in the volunteers own car, to residents in their own homes.

Harbourside Lodge

Enjoy some time with the residents doing craft, activities, excursions and spending time sitting and chatting to residents.

Consumer Advisory Committee

This committee meets monthly. It is an advisory committee to the Board of Directors and provides a central focus for all strategies relating to consumer involvement across PDH.

Event Volunteer 

Supports PDH events (fundraising, health events, community events). Some possible activities include: an active member on organising committees, assist in the smooth running at events, project volunteering, collating information, mail outs.


Telecare is a telephone service providing reassurance and social support with a daily telephone call to clients at home.

Community Transport

Volunteers take Portland District Health clients in the Community Transport car for appointments etc.

Pastoral Visitor

Representatives from church organisations visiting and conducting church services.


There are a variety of roles involved, including supporting programs with basic administration type tasks to one off project tasks.

Therapy Dogs

Representatives from Portland Therapy Dogs conducting visits to patients and residents

To Volunteer in one of our Departments, you will be required to undertake the following process:
–      Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss the opportunities and your skills
–       Undertake a Police check, referee checks and complete application form and other required paperwork.
–       Complete training in the area and complete volunteer orientation
–       Undertake your first shift and induction into volunteer role

For further information about our Volunteer Program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator

email: communityengagement.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au 

Or pick up an expression of interest form at our PDH main reception, Fern Street, Portland


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