Sacred Heart Community Palliative Care Biography Service

The Sacred Heart Biography Service based at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, provides an opportunity for people in community palliative care living in the South Eastern Sydney LHD to sit with a biography volunteer and tell their life story. 

The service supports clients to find meaning in life and to leave a tangible legacy, it normalises death and places value on the lived experience of the dying. 

What to expect being a volunteer as a St Vincent's Biography Service?
  • The volunteer will meet with their client in their home over five or six weekly sessions, recording their story, transcribing it and adding photos to create a legacy book for the client’s family. 
Is this opportunity right for you? 
  • First and foremost biography volunteers need to be compassionate listeners who enjoy meeting and listening to people’s stories. 
  • They need to be computer literate and proficient in MS Word. 
  • Have a current driver’s licence or the capacity to get to people’s homes and be available during business hours. 
  • A commitment to the service of at least two years is required. 
What is involved in the application process? 
  • An information session is held once a year followed by an application process and interview. Successful applicants will be required to have police checks, vaccinations, mandatory training and specific biography training over a number of weeks. 

If you are interested in being a biography volunteer and meet the above criteria, please email SVHS.Biography@svha.org.au.