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The Training Course:


Volunteers are required to attend all sessions to cover the following topics:

  • Philosophy and Organisation of Amitabha Hospice Service

  • Role of an Amitabha Support Companion

  • Aged Adults

  • Dying Process

  • Loss and Grief

  • Spiritual and Cultural Issues

  • Basic Hygiene, Comfort Cares and Safety

  • Cancer, AIDS and Other Life-Limiting Illnesses

  • Medications and Symptom Control

  • Legal Restrictions

  • Situational Problems

  • Support and Supervision

  • Self-Care

2024 TRAINING COURSES: Venue, Dates and Time


Training Course

27th March through to 1 May 2024
(six consecutive Wednesdays)
From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
44 Powell Street, Avondale


Training Course

7th August to 11th Sept 2024
(six consecutive Wednesdays)
From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
44 Powell Street, Avondale 


Training Course

30th October to 4th December 2024
(six consecutive Wednesdays)
From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
44 Powell Street, Avondale


  • The volunteer training course & booklet are free of charge for those who can commit to volunteer for Amitabha Hospice for a year (taking holiday breaks & leaves), we do appreciate donations (which are tax deductible) toward the cost of the program. For those who want to do the training course but cannot commit to volunteer for a year there is a charge of $400.

  • Please arrive in time for a 7.00 pm start.

  • Because we cover a lot of material in a short time, attendance is required at every class in order to receive all the training needed to safely and competently give quality care.

  • A clean Criminal Conviction Report is required for all applicants. You can apply for this by clicking this link-

  • Completion of the course does not oblige Amitabha Hospice Service to accept a participant as a Support Companion.

  • A Certificate of Completion is given after the course

  • Amitabha Hospice arranges identification badges for all volunteers, volunteers are asked to pay for their badge, cost $12.

Commitments Required


All volunteers are asked to sign an Agreement form that contains the following points:

  • To travel to the suburbs stated in my Volunteer’s Details Form & to commit 2 to 4 hours per week to see my client for a year.

  • To fill an online volunteer report after each visit to my patient or a monthly volunteer report before the end of each month acknowledging all visits for the month.

  • To attend the bi-monthly Volunteer meetings, at least 3 per year and that I will do my best to attend the up-skill trainings & different courses that Amitabha Hospice organizes for its volunteers.

  • To be available to answer calls & e-mails from my coordinator and to inform or supply to them any relevant or important information in regards to my Amitabha Hospice Support Companion's work.If after finishing my Volunteer Support Companion Training course with Amitabha Hospice, and within 3 months, I am contacted by an Amitabha coordinator and I refuse to support a patient (except due to unforeseen circumstances), I agree that I will reimburse Amitabha Hospice $400, for the Support Companion Training I received on the understanding that I would volunteer for a year. There is no charge if the volunteer needs to quit due to unforeseen circumstances e.g. death in the family, pregnancy or illness of self or loved one, or transfer (including partner) to another city.

  • To maintain strict confidentiality.

All volunteers are asked to sign this Volunteer Agreement Form before they join the course. 

How To Apply

Before you apply please make sure you read & understood all the above information.

When we receive your application, you will be contacted for an interview before the next training course.
If you have any questions about the course please call (09) 828-3321 or Email us

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