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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Make A Difference To Your Local Community - Become A Health Volunteer

Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is looking for new volunteers to join the team and support a range of health and wellbeing programs.

SNSWLHD’s Community Engagement Manager, Renata Sheehan, encouraged Southern

NSW community members to consider volunteering as a way of making a difference and giving back to their local community.

“Volunteering is a fantastic way to make friends, build networks, learn new skills and, most

importantly, have fun,” Ms Sheehan said.

“Our volunteers support our patients in so many ways including driving them to appointments, helping hospital visitors with directions and providing companionship to people in our palliative care programs.”

SNSWLHD programs currently accepting new volunteers include:

• Dementia and Delirium Program – Pambula Hospital, Batemans Bay Hospital, Moruya

Hospital and Queanbeyan Hospital

• Hospital Guide Desk - South East Regional Hospital and Goulburn Base Hospital

• Palliative Care Community Support – Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Monaro and Goulburn

Mulwaree Local Government Areas

• Oncology Unit – Moruya Hospital

• Residential Aged Care Activities Support – Braidwood Multipurpose Service

• Patient Transport Drivers - Goulburn Southern NSW LHD’s Palliative Care Volunteer Services currently support clients in the Eurobodalla region, with Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Hare recruiting and matching of volunteers with families challenged with a palliative diagnosis. Lauren has worked extensively with patients in the cancer services of Eurobodalla and is a long time local to the area.

Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinators Lauren Hare (Eurobodalla) said "Palliative Care Volunteers are members of the community who are carefully selected and trained to provide support to people with life limiting illnesses, their carers and family. They can give support without judgement. Volunteers have often been in similar situations to those they assist and appreciate.”

Above: Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinators Lauren Hare (Eurobodalla) and Michelle Gardiner (Bega Valley).

For more information, or to register your interest in volunteering, contact Renata Sheehan on

0477 322 107 or

Interested community members are encouraged to apply before the closing date of Sunday,

30 October 2022

Further information about volunteering is available on the SNSWLHD website:


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