Other healthcare workers, like healthcare volunteers, dedicate their time and effort to the industry. They aim to benefit the community without expecting anything in return. Volunteers don’t receive any financial payment and they offer their services without coercion.
According to Volunteering Australia, the Principles of Volunteering include:
- Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer
- Volunteer work is unpaid
- Volunteering is always a matter of choice
- Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances
- Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community
- Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
- Volunteering is an activity performed in the not for profit sector only
- Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work
- Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers
- Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others
- Volunteering promotes human rights and equality
The site also noted that the number of volunteers in Australia have doubled in just a decade (1995 to 2010). According to the ABS General Social Survey, from 1995’s 3.2 million volunteers the number has grown to 6.4 million in 2010.
The site also reported that 45 to 54-year-olds have the highest rate of volunteers. Notably, employed people had a higher volunteering rate of 38% for full time employees and 44% part time, compared to unemployed volunteers.
The site also noted the four most common types of organization for which people volunteer for:
- Sports and Physical Recreation
- Education and Training
- Community/ Welfare (including health services)
- Religious groups
There are hundreds of organizations all over the world where people can volunteer in. However, if you are looking to be a healthcare volunteer you may want to check the following organizations.
Nutrition Australia is a non-for-profit, non-government organization that promotes the health and well-being of Australians. The organization has offices all across the country.
Unlike other healthcare services, this community nutrition education body provides scientifically based nutrition information that pushes optimal health to every Australian through food variety and physical activity.
ICV is a non-for-profit charity organization that aims to promote reconciliation among the indigenous people of Australia. Working in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, the organization aims to improve the quality of life, health, social and economic well being of the community.