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Kidney Health Volunteer

Kidney Health Australia relies on the generosity of volunteers to help make a difference in many ways. Volunteer skills and gifting of donated hours of their valuable time are always appreciated. 

All volunteers are screened and in some cases specially trained, prior to commencement. Volunteers who will be working with children or youth will need to complete a National Police Check - Working with Children Certificate.

Interested in volunteering for Kidney Health Australia?
Contact your local Kidney Health Australia State Office 

Or you may send your formal request via email to Annette Smith annette.smith@kidney.org.au attaching your CV and contact details.

Our team of volunteers have raised significant funds for us and your help is very much appreciated.



YOU CAN HELP US IN THESE AREAS

Kidney Health Week
Kidney Health Australia needs volunteers every year at this time to parcel health education information and posters for our Renal Units and other community organisations. If you know anyone who wants to help us, who enjoys a bit of fun or is at a loose end, please encourage them to volunteer.

These jobs are also listed on govolunteer.com.au - type in the search ‘kidney’ but names and contact details are what’s needed. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at annette.smith@kidney.org.au

Administration
You can assist us with daily administrative tasks within our KHA State Offices (e.g. answering the phone, photocopying, helping with mail outs, etc). We especially need help leading up to our annual Kidney Health Week. Work may be sporadic depending on the needs of the particular office you may be supporting.

Fundraising Volunteers
Participate in community fundraising by holding an event, coin shakes and managing collection tins within your community. Your enthusiasm in generating much needed funds is very much appreciated.

Guest Speakers
Assist with being a local 'ambassador' of Kidney Health Australia, gaining awareness and/or  donations whilst presenting appropriate kidney-related messages to targeted community groups. We encourage those in regional areas to also be involved, training is conducted bi-monthly via teleconferencing at no cost to you.

Call Annette Smith - 03 9674 4300 or annette.smith@kidney.org.au for dates of next training session

Kidney Care Volunteers
Participate in the Kidney Care Program’s current initiative called the Dialysis Support Service. Their role is to visit designated renal units to provide support and companionship to people undergoing haemodialysis treatment. These volunteers do not need to have experience with kidney disease however must be sensitive and supportive to the needs of people undergoing this treatment.

National Consumer Council
Why not think about joining your local Consumer Council. Our National Consumer Council is made up of the state Chairs of the state Councils working with selected staff from Kidney Health Australia. Find out who represents you at state level. Council Members represent a range of groups including people with chronic kidney disease, those on dialysis or with a kidney transplant, carers, most nurses and kidney specialists.

Peer Support
Would you like to participate in a Peer Support Program - TelEConnect. This role provides support to people living with kidney disease, their carers and family members, via a national telephone and/or email peer support service. Any volunteer MUST have experience with kidney disease.

Following relevant training, you are required to utilise your personal experience to share practical and useful ways of managing their health and wellness with another peer.

N.B. We recommend to any person who has commenced dialysis treatment or has recently had a transplant to wait 12 months before becoming a Kidney Care or Peer Support Volunteer. This does not preclude them from becoming involved in other forms of volunteering for Kidney Health Australia if they so desire.

Special projects
Would you like to assist with operating/participating in short term projects - such as events, campaigns and focus groups, fundraising initiatives or health service delivery initiatives.

University students
Are you interested in participating in short term projects related to your individual course of study? These offers are very welcome. Typically, student volunteers are completing courses in medicine, social work or health promotion. You may or may not gain course credit for their participation depending on your abilities and projects undertaken. Available roles will depend on the state in which you live.

Thank you for your support and contribution to our fundraising efforts! 


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Last updated: Apr 2014.