VOLUNTEERS WEEK: Health service volunteers acknowledged

Volunteers who selflessly give their time to health services across rural South Australia are being thanked for their tireless dedication and support.

During National Volunteer Week, Country Health SA chief executive officer Maree Geraghty thanked all of the volunteers who work in hospitals, aged care and community health facilities across the state.

“We are lucky to have so many generous and compassionate people – young and old – who help provide care and support for patients and their families across country South Australia,” she said.

“From Coober Pedy in the state’s north to Streaky Bay on the West Coast, from Port Pirie on the Spencer Gulf to Mount Gambier in the south east, nearly 1400 volunteers provide thousands of hours of service every year.

“Volunteers provide a raft of services, everything from running the local kiosk and managing fundraising events to driving people to medical appointments and providing companionship to aged care residents.”

There are more than 150 volunteers in the Eyre Peninsula and Far North region, including 30 in Ceduna.

Country Health SA regional director for Eyre and Far North Michele Smith said National Volunteer Week was an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and selfless dedication of the region’s volunteers.

“Across our region, from Cowell to Ceduna and as far as Coober Pedy, volunteers help with activities for aged care residents, conduct fundraising, maintain gardens, and help staff at dinner time to provide meals to aged care residents,” she said.

“National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge our dedicated and hard-working volunteers.

“On behalf of the Eyre and Far North region, I’d like to thank all of our volunteers – including the members of the Health Advisory Councils – for your ongoing support, which benefits the lives of our many patients and clients on a daily basis.”

Ms Geraghty said she was humbled so many South Australians were willing to volunteer their time with their local health services.

“I would personally like to extend my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our amazing volunteers – you are a valued and vital part of our health care system,” she said.

“And of course I welcome anyone else who would like to volunteer their time with our wonderful health services.”

Aspiring volunteers can contact their local health service for more information about how they can help.