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National Volunteer Week

May 17, 2021

It's National Volunteer Week, a time to show our appreciation to our dedicated volunteers and consumer representatives who have been supporting us from afar for the last year. While we haven't physically seen our volunteers on-site, some of them have still been busy attending committee meetings virtually, helping out behind the scenes reviewing patient information, providing feedback on the development of new projects, and assisting with transferring some of our procedures and guidelines into new templates.  Just in time for National Volunteer Week, we have now commenced the gradual return of our volunteers on-site.


Gordon Proudfoot has been the first volunteer welcomed back, before the pandemic you may have seen Gordon at the concierge desk on a Tuesday afternoon, this week he has been helping to conduct some patient satisfaction surveys over the phone. We caught up with Gordon, to learn more about what he's been up to and what he missed most about the hospital.


How long have you been volunteering with the eye and ear?

I have been volunteering with Eye and Ear Hospital for 5.6 years.


What have you missed about being in the hospital?

The most I miss about not volunteering is the connection with patients (many of whom I have got to know every well) and also with the other volunteers and the various reception people in all the clinics.


What has been your favourite part of working remotely?

Favourite part of working remotely is the regular catch-ups by Zoom.


A fun or interesting fact about yourself.

I am an avid walker and make sure I get my daily 8km walk in regardless of the weather.


Interested in volunteering? Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information (03)9929 8902 or email

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