Before becoming a volunteer you are expected to have a recent national police check, to attend an informal interview prior to training and a follow-up one afterwards.
Training is 2 days a week for 3 weeks (9.30am - 2.30pm) and is facilitated by Hospice staff. Presenters are professional and cover areas such as communication, dementia, MND, manual handling, cancers and treatments, grief and bereavement, spirituality, continence, usually a visit to a funeral home in Burnie and of course coverage of Hospice policies and volunteers rights and responsibilities.
There are no exams or tests and no formal qualification, however, at the end of the training/orientation you will receive a certificate and have a folder full of handouts from the speakers to refer to.
Ongoing training is also given as needed or requested and volunteers are asked to attend volunteering sessions during the year.
Volunteers are neither counsellors nor medical experts and not permitted to perform any medical tasks, including dispensing of medications.