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Volunteering at PA Hospital

Our hospital has over 5000 staff and cares for over 370,000 patients each year. We are one of three tertiary level facilities in Queensland and one of Australia’s leading teaching and research hospitals.

Our hospital welcomes all contributions from our valued volunteers.

There are a range of different volunteer roles at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Hours of work vary from role to role, but generally are 8am-4pm, Monday-Saturdays.

Volunteer roles

With visitors and the public:

Meet and greet

Support the information desk and admissions staff by guiding patients and visitors around the Hospital.

Tea and Coffee Service

Provide tea, coffee and magazines to patients and carers waiting in the busy outpatient clinic areas.


Greet patients and visitors at the front entrance, provide parking advice and maintain a smooth flow of traffic and pedestrians.

With patients and their families:

Intensive Care Unit Support

Provide support and serve tea and coffee to patient relatives in the waiting room.

Library Trolley

Visit patients in the hospital wards and provide a free library service and social contact.

Petals Floristry

Brighten patients days and care for their flowers on the hospital wards.

Recreation Support

Support the Leisure Therapist and Recreation Officers in delivering activities e.g. companionship, discussion groups, music therapy, leisure education, modified games and sports and relaxation therapy.

VISA—Volunteer Intervention Supporting Aged Care

Support ward and allied health staff in the prevention and/or management of delirium and functional decline to elderly patients. Assisting with mobility of patients, reading and recreational activities.

Behind the scenes:

Crafts and sewing

Creating goods for patient use (sew, knit, crochet), cutting patterns and sewing patient aides. Fundraising.

Departmental support

Varied roles: assembling patient crutches and dedicated unit support.

Office support

Help with routine office jobs and support internal departments with custom requests. Also support the volunteer unit by assisting with recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers.


Our volunteers range in age and experience levels. Please note that all volunteers must complete a one day induction course and some positions may require initial or on-going training.

There is no set criteria to volunteer at the Princess Alexandra Hospital but we do ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week, for a minimum period of 3 months. If your circumstances allow, you may wish to volunteer for longer. If you are unsure of your time commitment, you may wish to register to volunteer for projects rather than an on-going basis.

Applying to volunteer

Please read and complete the volunteer registration form (either online, or print and mail to the contact details on the bottom of the form). If you have any questions, please call our volunteer coordinator on (07) 3176 5605.

You will receive confirmation that the hospital has received your application. If there is a vacancy in the type of role you have applied for, or if one becomes available, and it matches your availability and skills, you will be contacted to arrange an interview. Your referees will be contacted.

Last updated 5 April 2018
Last reviewed 16 May 2015