Mater welcomes new volunteers

14/Sep/2020     Mater Group

In the last six weeks Mater Hospital South Brisbane has proudly welcomed 50 new volunteers to the campus who are screening patients entering the hospitals to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Manager Volunteer Services Judy Johnson explained Mater did a call out for new volunteers with our event volunteers, Mater Education and University of Queensland nursing students seeking expressions of interest and thanks to an overwhelming response she and her team were able to quickly induct the new volunteers. 

"With new visitor restrictions put in place across all hospitals it has become necessary to screen all patients and visitors at the doors and our volunteers have stepped up to take on this task,” Judy said. 

"We appreciate everyone's patience as entering the hospital is now more complex than it used to be, we understand there can be delays and our volunteers have been doing an amazing job respectfully guiding people through the process.”

One new volunteer to join Mater is Sacha who is currently studying a Diploma of Nursing with Mater Education and decided to volunteer her time to help and have the opportunity to better understand the hospital.

"I moved to Queensland from New South Wales just before COVID restrictions were put in place, I left a career in finance to pursue my dream of nursing hopefully one day in aged care or oncology," Sacha said.

"When I saw the call out for volunteers I was excited to sign up. So far, I have worked about five shifts as a volunteer and am currently on the door to Mater Mothers' helping screening patients and visitors.

"I am really enjoying it, I love seeing the mum's leaving with their new babies and I've even been able to take photos of families before they go home. It's been a great experience and is giving me great insight into hospital life."

To find out more about volunteering at Mater please contact 07 3163 8599 or email volunteers@mater.org.au

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