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Hospital: (03) 5368 1100
GP Clinic: (03) 5366 7999 // Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 8.00pm // Saturday: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Volunteer opportunities

  • Gardening
  • Op shop assistance
  • Hospital Auxiliary

If you have a passion for gardening or are interested in volunteering at our op shop, Opportunity on Inglis, we’d love to hear from you!

Please call Barbara on a Thursday on 5366 7985, or send an email to barbarah@bdhc.com.au

Download the application form >

Our 60+ volunteers….

  • Visit residents and patients
  • Work at Opportunity on Inglis
  • Help with activities – arts, crafts, games, outings, musicals, dancing, men’s groups, ladies’ groups, book club
  • Help with special events and celebratory functions
  • Raise funds through the Ballan Hospital Auxiliary and other committees
  • Care for the community garden and help out our maintenance team
  • Offer bereavement and religious support
  • Sit on our Board
  • Represent the community on specialised governance committees
  • Undertake innumerable other vital tasks


To be eligible to become a volunteer:

  • Complete a volunteer application form (also available from Hospital Reception at 33 Cowie Street, Ballan);
  • Successfully complete a full police check;
  • Sit an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator;
  • Provide proof of identity;

and in relation to particular activities:

  • Provide a current driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance (upon request); and
  • Provide a current Food Safety or Food Handling Certificate (upon request).

Volunteers are overseen by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Responsibility for rosters depends upon the area of service. In accordance with the Department of Health Criminal Record Screening Policy, all prospective volunteers to work in Health must undergo an Australia-wide criminal record check and return a satisfactory result before commencing volunteer duties. This is mandatory for all volunteers.

The benefits of volunteering

  • Happiness: Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer.
  • Health: Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.
  • Community: The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth and inclusion.
  • Skill building: Did you know over 85% of HR Managers look for volunteering on CVs? Learn new skills and get ahead in the job market.

Source: Volunteering Victoria

Guide to volunteering

Volunteering Victoria has developed “A guide to volunteering” – a colourful and visual guide to support people wanting to volunteer.

The infographic includes; information about volunteer rights and responsibilities, tips for where to start looking for volunteer roles and guidance on how Volunteering Victoria can support people to volunteer.