Becoming a volunteer

Our patients and their loved ones at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre go through a range of emotions throughout their experience with cancer. At times it can be challenging and confronting for volunteers and staff. For this reason it is essential that, as a volunteer, you receive comprehensive training. This ensures you feel prepared to support our patients and their carers during such a difficult time in their lives, and so you are aware of our expectations to participate in reviews, debriefing and ongoing education. Our volunteers are an important part of our care-giving team, therefore you need to meet the following requirements to help us make sure our team members are of the highest quality.

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As a volunteer you will be required to:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Commit to a minimum of 12 months service and a minimum of 3 hours a week/fortnight
  • Attend ongoing debriefing, information and education sessions
  • Sign and agree to our conditions of volunteering, including our Confidentiality Agreement and Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities documents
  • Volunteer according to the Austin Health values of Respect, Integrity, Accountability, and  Excellence 
  • Keep us updated with any changes in availability or contact details.


Please only begin the application process if you are able to meet the above requirements.

To demonstrate your suitability to volunteer at the ONJ Centre you must:

  • Complete a police check application form and provide 100 points of identification
  • Complete a statutory declaration and have it witnessed by an authorised person
  • Attend a group interview (please bring along completed Police Check Form and Statutory Declaration signed by an authorised person, along with 100 points of identification)
  • Two positive written reference checks outlining how you meet the key selection criteria in the ONJ Centre volunteer position description
  • Attend our ten week volunteer training program – one day per week, including two buddy shifts where you will shadow more experienced volunteers to learn about what it is like working at the ONJ Centre
  • Undertake a three month probation
  • Commit to attend ongoing debriefing, information and education sessions.

Volunteer application form

You can apply online to volunteer with us. Once we receive your application form you will be contacted to discuss the timeline for our next recruitment round. As we only recruit twice a year it may be a number of months before we schedule interviews and confirm training dates. Your ongoing support is appreciated. If you need a paper copy of our application form please contact our Volunteer Program office on 9496 9602.

Apply here

Volunteer roles