Country Health volunteers thanked

Up to 1,600 volunteers across country South Australia are being thanked for their tireless hard work and ongoing support for country health services.

During National Volunteer Week, Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer, Maree Geraghty, said she is grateful for the selfless dedication and commitment of volunteers who work in hospitals, aged care and community health sites across the State.

“It is wonderful that so many members of the community get involved in their local health services, providing compassion and empathy and extra support to those who need it most,” Ms Geraghty said.

“Volunteers create a positive experience for patients, their loved ones and staff by helping with a range of services, from running the local kiosk and managing fundraising events to driving people to medical appointments and providing companionship to aged care residents.

“I appreciate the time and effort that each and every volunteer gives – we are lucky to have so many generous and compassionate people in our towns and communities across country SA.

Volunteer numbers have grown across country SA, with up to 1,600 people, young and old, volunteering as part of dozens of locally-run programs.

In the Eyre and Far North region, which includes Coober Pedy and Ceduna, there are 150 volunteers, while the Barossa Hills and Fleurieu region – which incorporates the Barossa, Gawler, Mount Barker, Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island – have more than 320 volunteers.

The Riverland Mallee Coorong region, which includes Berri and Murray Bridge, have over 320 volunteers, while the South East region, which includes Mount Gambier, Millicent, Bordertown and Naracoorte, has approximately 540 volunteers.

The Flinders and Upper North region has almost 140 volunteers across the sites, including 95 in Whyalla, while the Yorke and Northern region has approximately 190 volunteers across all of the sites, including Jamestown, Port Broughton and Port Pirie.

Ms Geraghty said she is humbled so many South Australians were willing to volunteer their time with their local health services and provide support to staff and patients.

“Anyone can become a volunteer within the health system and I would invite more people to consider volunteering their time with our wonderful health services,” Ms Geraghty said.

For more information about volunteering, contact your local health service.

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