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Calvary North Adelaide Hospital - Biography Volunteer

  • Location: North Adelaide SA
  • Category: Health
  • Type of work
    • Administration & Office Management
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Writing & Editing
  • Duration

    Ongoing commitment

  • Time Required

    Flexible - Various

  • Requirements
    • Driver's Licence (C)
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Working with Children Check *

    Understanding of and commitment to the philosophy of palliative care.
    Successful completion of relevant modules in the Calvary Volunteer Training Program.
    Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
    Transportation, time – and flexibility.
    Successful completion of the requisite orientation and six training sessions.
    Competent use of tape recording equipment.
    Basic word processing skills.

    Please note we are looking for individuals who are able to make a commitment of a minimum of 12 months. This position is not suitable for work experience.

    Please Note: As each organisation provides different levels/types of insurance, volunteers are reminded to check with the organisation as to the type of insurance provided for volunteers (e.g. Volunteer Personal Accident Insurance)




    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

Patient biographies can take many forms: life stories, reflections, reviews of specific time or events, family stories, and tributes to loved ones. The volunteer tapes the client’s narrative during hour-long visits. Patients have the opportunity to focus on a productive activity unrelated to their illnesses.

After each session, the volunteer transcribes the recording and light edits into a word document. This can take up to four hours for each hour of interview and is done in the volunteer’s own time.

The completed biography is compiled, bound and presented by the biographer to the client and/or caregiver.


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