What's involved


Volunteers assist in various areas in the hospital including

  • meeting and greeting patients and their families, including general information and escorting families around PCH
  • the wards - as a ward friend
  • Outpatients - providing activities for children
  • Hospital school services - supporting teachers in learning areas
  • Level 3 Friendship Room - providing support for parents while children are in theatre
  • Emergency Department - mainly at weekends
  • various occasional clinics - helping hospital staff.


The volunteer service operates seven days a week.

The average length of a shift is four hours. Volunteers should be able to commit to an average of one shift per week, for a minimum of a year.

Shifts start as early as 6.30am with the latest finishing at 8pm.


Volunteers may need to do the following if selected:

  • provide information for a police clearance, which will be processed after your interview
  • complete a Working with Children Check which will be given to you at the interview
  • complete a medical form
  • have a blood test
  • sign a confidentiality statement
  • agree to meet the policies and guidelines of the Child and Adolescent Health Service

Community service or work experience

Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to students through PCH Volunteers.