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Volunteering at the RAH


Thank you for visiting 'Volunteering at the RAH'. Currently, the only positions available are for Inpatient Volunteers, requiring a weekly commitment for at least 12 months. Availability is required from 8.30am to 2pm weekly. If this interests you, please read the Inpatient Unit Volunteer role description below and send in an application form. We will contact you as soon as possible to arrange an interview. 

Any other applications received which are requesting other positions will be kept on record and we will contact you as soon as we can when the applicable vacancy becomes available.

Are you interested in volunteering at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre (HRC) Kiosk? We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic people who want to give back to the community and learn new skills in customer service within a food outlet. You can make new friends and learn new life skills. If you are interested, please complete the application form below and we will contact you as soon as we can. 

The respected team of volunteers at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre (HRC) play an important role by generously giving their time to enhance the comfort and well-being of patients and their loved ones.

Volunteers play an important role by generously giving their time to support staff in enhancing the comfort and well-being of patients and their loved ones.

Volunteering is your chance to:

  • give back and be a valued part of our community
  • help people who are often going through difficult times
  • make new friends with other volunteers and staff
  • learn new skills and get some great experience

Volunteering at the RAH

How to apply

You can complete the electronic application form attached below, or, if you need a hard copy of the form, please contact the Volunteer Service Unit on (08) 7074 1240.

All applications can be forwarded by email to:


To be eligible to volunteer with us you are required to be: 

  • over 18 years of age 
  • positive, enthusiastic and willing to help 
  • able to commit to a regular shift each week for at least a twelve month commitment - holidays are of course allowed 
  • willing to complete an interview and undergo a criminal history screening check 
  • willing to have your own email address and comfortable in using smart phones, tablets or PCs including the volunteer online database system
  • fit and able to perform the allocated volunteer role 
  • committed to our organisational values and ethics of caring, excellence, integrity, respect and unity 
  • willing to adhere to the RAH Conduct Standard 
  • keen to help improve the experience of our patients and their loved ones, including elderly people and those from diverse backgrounds.

These opportunities include:

Emergency Department Volunteer Service

Volunteers in our Emergency Departments offer social support to patients and their family members in an often difficult environment. This is achieved by simply 'being there' to talk and listen, or by offering refreshments and reading materials.

See the Emergency Department Volunteer Service role description for more information.

Guide Service

The Guide Service plays an important part in helping visitors and patients orientate themselves on how to get around the hospital.

The Volunteer Guides are based on the concourse in the main entrance of the RAH but can also be found roving throughout the hospital.

Volunteer Guides provide customer service to patients and visitors of the RAH through the supply of information about the hospital and local amenities.

See the Guide Service role description for more information.

Inpatient Unit Volunteer

Inpatient Unit volunteers work across a variety of different units and provide support to patients who are in hospital receiving treatment. Support ranges from laundry services, facilitating shopping requests to sitting with patients and relatives/friends.

See the Inpatient Unit role description for more information.

Intensive Care Unit Volunteer

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) caters to patients with severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries, which require constant, close monitoring and support from specialist equipment and medications. The ICU is staffed by highly trained doctors and nurses who specialise in caring for critically ill or injured patients. ICU Volunteers work closely with medical staff to ensure a sensitive and discreet support service for patients and visitors within the unit.

See the Intensive Care Unit role description for more information.

Laundry service

The Volunteer Services Unit offers a limited laundry service to patients who have no one to assist them with laundering their clothes, and provides a laundry service to the hospital for laundering of non-sterile items as requested.

See the Laundry service role description for more information.

Outpatients Volunteer

Outpatient volunteers support patients who are visiting hospital for an examination or treatment in a number of ways. A major responsibility of the outpatient volunteers is to help guide and orientate patients to and within the Outpatient Department.

Outpatient clinics at the RAH provide consultations for patients in a range of clinical specialties.

See the Outpatient Volunteer role description for more information.

SA.RAH’s Gift Shop

Volunteers in the SA.RAH’s Gift Shop provide high-level frontline customer service to patients, staff and visitors.

SA.RAH’s Gift Shop sells gift and craft items and takes orders for linen packs for overnight visitors.

See the SA RAH's Gift Shop role description for more information.

Volunteer Support Team

The Volunteer Support Team (VST) provides daily assistance in a range of activities that support the RAH. The VST is responsible for administrative activities such as compiling and creating medical record folders and hospital information packages. Volunteers in the VST also contribute to the daily running of the Volunteer Service Unit (VSU) through general administration support.

See the Volunteer Support role description for more information.

Wig service and sewing team

The Wig Service provides a sensitive and caring service to patients undergoing treatment where temporary loss of hair is experienced. The Sewing Team produces turbans, scarves and knitted caps.

See the Wig service and sewing team role description for more information.

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