Volunteering at MDHS
Without the generosity and support of the local community, it would be difficult for MDHS to achieve important improvements to facilities and services across the organisation. Members of the community can support MDHS in a variety of ways. All donations and bequests are gratefully received and assist MDHS in purchases of much-needed equipment.
Volunteers are generous donors of their time and effort and enhance the person-centred care provided by MDHS staff to community members and residents of our three residential communities.
Volunteers are an integral part of MDHS who assist in many areas of the health service and make an enormous contribution to the organisation. MDHS is grateful for the wealth of knowledge, skills and time volunteers share to enhance service delivery within the health service.
There are currently over 100 volunteers at MDHS, including Hospital Auxiliary members, who regularly work at each campus of MDHS, ably assisting lifestyle coordinators within residential care and in various other areas assisting staff, residents and patients.
Another significant volunteer group is the Wellness In Motion transport program, with volunteer drivers assisting people with chronic illness to travel to the larger town centres of Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne to receive treatment. Without this level of commitment, it would be very difficult for many people to receive treatment for life-threatening illnesses.
For further information on volunteering at MDHS, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator on telephone 54 610 333.
Partnering with us as a consumer representative gives you the opportunity to provide your feedback, share your and knowledge and make suggestions for improvement. This unique opportunity allows our community members to participate in improving our health service and to celebrate successes.
What is a consumer representative? A consumer representative is a someone who provides advice, based on their experiences and perspectives, with the aim of improving the health service. Share your experience with us through the following opportunities:
- A consumer representative on a committee.
Be a part of a group (advisory committee, governance committee, reference group or project group) that meet regularly and operate under an approved Terms of Reference. The purpose is to give different perspectives to our committees around important governance issues.
- Assist in the review and development of patient information.
Be part of making sure that the information that we hand out to our patients is easy to understand and relevant. This can be conducted through short-term focus groups or through consultation.
- Participate in focus groups and co-design forums.
Be part of a focus group or a co-design program to provide different perspectives for short-term projects such as policy review, implementing new plans, development of strategies for improving service delivery. We are currently looking for participants in patient experience project (see more information below).
- Share your patient experience with MDHS.
Share a health journey that you experienced at MDHS with us. This may be through a written story or a video. Sharing stories is one of the most powerful ways to influence, teach, and inspire.
If you are interested, please complete the application form, or contact our Consumer and Community Engagement Officer for a chat on 5461 0352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Consumer experience project
We are working on a project to better understand the patient experience so we can make improvements that meet the real needs of patients and the community. We are looking for people who would like to get involved by sharing their own story and experience, or ideas on improvements we could make at different stages of your journey at the hospital. If you have visited Maryborough Hospital as a patient or carer over the past year we’d love to hear from you.
Without the generosity and support of the local community, it would be difficult for MDHS to achieve important improvements to facilities and services across the organisation. No donation is too small in assisting MDHS achieve its goals of building services and facilities for the local community. Many local community groups make regular donations to all campuses of MDHS, to enable purchases of much needed equipment to assist service delivery or improve facilities.
Leaving a Bequest to MDHS
A bequest is a request left in a person’s Will to ensure that person’s wishes are fulfilled, and a request of money or property can be left to be used for a specific purpose.
Continue your life’s work
During your lifetime, you may support and contribute to a range of organisations in your community. By leaving a gift in your Will to Maryborough District Health Service, your bequest can provide funding for the future towards new medical equipment, medical technologies or health-related projects that help patients in your local hospital.
How can leaving a gift help?
Through generous donations and bequests, MDHS can fund medical equipment that would otherwise not be funded, specialist nursing training and funding towards health projects that make a substantial difference to the lives of many patients.
Many new projects are planned and have the potential to make a real difference. Your bequest can help make future projects a reality and, by leaving a legacy, you give meaning to your life’s work.
Preparing your will
It is essential that you seek legal advice when making your Will. Should you wish to support Maryborough District Health Service with a gift in your will, the appropriate wording is as follows:
“I give, devise and bequeath to Maryborough District Health Service for the use and benefit of Maryborough District Health Service at Maryborough, Victoria. I declare that the receipt of the chief executive officer or other authorised officer for the time being of the said Maryborough District Health Service shall be full and sufficient discharge to my executor for administration of this bequest”
MDHS runs several fundraising events each year. Our Charity Golf Day is a regular feature on the fundraising calendar, held in March every year with our partners True Foods and the Maryborough Golf Club. Find out more about the MDHS Charity Golf Day.
MDHS is very fortunate to have a group of Auxiliary members at each campus, whose members are dedicated to a variety of regular fundraising activities, including raffles and cake sales. Over the years, many hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised by our Auxiliaries to benefit many different areas of the Health Service by purchasing much-needed equipment and assisting in developing facilities for residents and patients.
If you would like to become a member of one of our hardworking Auxiliaries, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 5461 0333.