Working with us


Volunteers are an invaluable and vital component of our services to patients, families, visitors and caregivers. They give their time, expertise, skills and experience to help us provide our patients with the best possible care.

We currently have over 140 volunteers working throughout our hospital from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. We are looking for a weekly commitment of between 4 to 15 hours per week. Shift times vary depending on the volunteer position and are generally 4 to 5 hours between Monday to Friday, however we do have weekend shifts in our Emergency Department.

Volunteer requirements

Our volunteers must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have a strong commitment to serving people
  • Be able to commit to at least 12 months of volunteer service
  • Use respectful language
  • Take pride in their work and appearance
  • Protect patient and visitor confidentiality
  • Be accountable and reliable
  • Demonstrate compassion and understanding
  • Be interested in learning new skills
  • Be flexible to undertake a variety of roles
  • Be committed to ongoing relevant training
  • Be physically able to perform the role
  • Satisfactorily pass a police clearance
  • Provide a current Working with Children Check

The benefits of volunteering

The major benefit of being a volunteer is the satisfaction gained from helping and caring for others, knowing you are making a difference to someone else’s life and feeling that you are appreciated and valued for it.

Additionally our Volunteers receive:

  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Complimentary refreshments from the hospital café
  • Access to the caregiver benefits program
  • Discounts to hospital services

Volunteer positions

The opportunities for Volunteers are as varied as the people who offer their time and experience. We work with you to provide roles that are meaningful and suited to your talents and experience.

Our roles include:

  • Café Costa Assistant
  • Clerical
  • Concierge
  • Day Oncology Patient Support
  • Emergency Patient Support
  • In-Patient Support
  • Meet and Greet - Intensive Care Unit
  • Meet and Greet - Main Reception
  • Day Surgery Patient Support
  • Flower Assistant
  • Patient Transport Service
  • Companion Support
  • Rehabilitation Patient Support
  • Art Program (Cartwheels)
  • Engineering / Maintenance Support
  • Convenience Trolley

Check the role descriptions for these positions

Current vacancies:

How to become a volunteer

Registration forms will be accepted at any time. Specific vacancies will be advertised under volunteer positions.

To register your interest please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the volunteer application form

Step 2: Attach a copy of your resume or letter outlining your professional experience and two referees

Step 3: Send your volunteer application form and resume/letter to:

Volunteer Services Coordinator,
St John of God Geelong Hospital,
80 Myers Street, Geelong 3220

or email

Contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator for further information on (03) 5215 0968

 When a suitable opportunity becomes available, registered applicants will be contacted by the Volunteer Services Coordinator to arrange an interview.

What happens next?

New Volunteers will:

  • Be provided with a photo ID badge and uniform
  • Complete online learning packages
  • Attend hospital orientation
  • Receive an induction to their specific department including “buddy shifts” with another volunteer.

This is designed to ensure confidence and competence when undertaking your role.

Hospital Auxiliary

Our hospital is also supported by the Hospital Auxiliary, a generous group of volunteers focused on fundraising to provide equipment for patient comfort and care.

If you are interested in joining our Hospital Auxiliary to assist in the Gift Shop or other fundraising events, please contact (03) 5226 8888.