Catholic Healthcare is a leading not-for-profit provider of Residential Aged Care, Community services, Retirement Living and Healthcare in NSW and QLD. They have a strong and proud history of providing care and support to people of all faiths, backgrounds and ethnicities, for more than 23 years.
Catholic Healthcare was established in 1994 by the Bishops of NSW and the ACT. Today, Catholic Healthcare operates 40 Residential Aged Care services and 9 Retirement Living communities, two Healthcare services, provides services to more than 4,600 persons in the community.
Catholic Healthcare’s Mission is “Promoting life by providing aged, health and community services, inspired by the Catholic tradition”.
Catholic Healthcare’s Values are “Compassion, Respect, Honesty, Hospitality and Excellence”.
Catholic Healthcare provide care and support for all seniors, helping them and their family members who might need assistance through any stage of life. They also provide care for people with disabilities, mental illness or people who are at a risk of homelessness.
Volunteering in Catholic Healthcare
Catholic Healthcare provides a range of volunteering opportunities, predominantly though providing social support to clients either in day-care centres, home visiting and phone calls, or by visiting residents in a facility, although there can be occasional opportunities to do office based volunteering.
The most suitable opportunities for students are in the residential facilities or day care centres.
Day care centres have structured programs including art, craft, music, and exercises, lunch, morning and afternoon tea for clients. Students would participate in daily activities, and if appropriate may have opportunities to design and provide input to activities such as art or craft.
Aged care facilities also provide similar structured programs for residents run by the Recreation Activity Offices (RAO), but there are also other activites to do in each facility such as spending one-on-one time with a resident talking, playing board games, playing musical instrument, reading with them, taking them for a walk, assisting getting residents to Chapel (Gertrude Abbott – Wednesday and Sunday)
The below table lists the facilities that can take ACU students along with relevant details associated with each facility. Catholic Healthcare have other facilities that either have active volunteer programs or are further out of the city including facilities at Wahroonga, Kirrawee, Revesby, Kemps Creek, Illawarra, Warner Vale and Wentworth Falls. If you are interested in these facilities please note this in your email to ACU Engagement.
Catholic Healthcare Residential Aged Care Facilities
Gertrude Abbott Aged Care
Sister Anne Court
10-15 mins walk from Central station
Weekdays and weekends
Can have more than 1 student per day
Lewisham Nursing Home
Next to station
Limited stree parking
2 students in hostel
6 in nursing home
Can have more than 1 per day
Walking distance from station
St Bedes Home
St James Villa
Holy Spirit Croydon
George Mockler House
Catholic Healthcare Day Care Centres
Waterloo Day Care
1-2 students on Tuesday and Thursday 10-2.30
1 student welcome on Mon and Wed to accompany clients on outings
Wahroonga Wellness centre
1 per day (max 2 per week)
Prefers students from allied health
1 per day (max 2 per week)
Coordinator will need to talk first to assess suitability
Needs to be mature and sensible
A police check is required.
Please do not contact Catholic Healthcare directly.
To register your interest in completing your Community Engagement placement with Catholic Healthcare, please contact ACU Engagement by Friday 6 April 2018: email@example.com
In your email please give:
three preferences for the facilities or day care centres you are interested in, in order of preference
your student number
community engagement unit
number of community engagement hours you are looking to complete with Catholic Healthcare
the days and times that you are available to volunteer each week
whether you have a current and valid Police Check.