Hospital Patient Visitors

Hospital Patient Visitors

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Hospital Patient Visitors are Heart Support Australia volunteers who have heart disease and have had the firsthand experiences of dealing with the physical and mental trauma of a cardiac event or surgery. Our Hospital Patient Visitors provide bedside support to cardiac patients and their carers going through their hospital journey, in order to assist them during a difficult time.

The work of a Hospital Patient Visitor is listening to the client. Verbalising experiences and telling ‘their’ story is something that people need to do as a part of the healing process. The advantage of the Hospital Patient Visitor Program is that it provides someone with the time to listen who has also experienced what the patient has experienced and can relate to the patient during their time of need.

Not only do our volunteers attend cardiac wards, they also regularly attend cardiac rehabilitation programs across the country to talk to the group and again provide a consumer perspective of the journey they went through during their heart disease recovery.

Our Hospital Patient Visitors attend various hospitals across the country to assist patients in need. Please see below a list of our current locations where our volunteers attend.

Australian Capital Territory

North Canberra Hospital

The Canberra Hospital

New South Wales

Royal North Shore Hospital

Bowral Base Hospital

Queanbeyan Hospital and Health Service

Queensland

Royal Brisbane Hospital

The Wesley Hospital

The Caboolture Hospital

South Australia

Flinders Private Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Royal Adelaide Hospital

Victoria

The Victorian Heart Hospital

Western Australia

Fiona Stanley Hospital

St John of God, Murdoch Hospital

Join our Hospital Patient Visitor Program

Heart Support Australia is always looking for new Hospital Patient Visitors to join our team, and we are always looking at growing the number of hospitals and cardiac rehabilitation centres for our volunteers attend too across the country.

All of our volunteers undergo training and support from our National Hospital Patient Visitor Instructor to ensure they are fully prepared for their new role. Our course is free thanks to the generous funding from the Federal Government Department of Health, and support from our partners and donors. 

If you are interested in becoming a Heart Support Australia Hospital Patient Visitor and supporting heart disease patients in need during their hospital experience, then please contact us for more information.

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