Support our work

We can all help people to live, die and grieve well
- as family, friends, neighbours, employers, volunteers, donors and health professionals.

Volunteers Conference 2018

The Conference theme – Volunteers – supporting people to live, die and grieve well – recognises that broad whole of health and community approaches are needed to support people with a life limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.

The Conference will explore the role of volunteers in providing this support.  Participants will share experiences from across the health and human services sector, learn from innovative work that is being done, and explore how volunteers might contribute to the provision of integrated services for this client group.

It is suitable for volunteers and Managers/Coordinators of Volunteers working and volunteering in a diverse range of organisations including specialist palliative care, aged care, ethnic community and chronic illness organisations.

Abstracts open

Abstracts are now open and will close on Monday 19 March.

To submit an abstract, please read Guidelines for Abstracts for the Volunteers Conference Program then complete and submit the appropriate abstract form from the following list:


Registration fees, which are inclusive of GST, are determined by your role and the location of the organisation with which you work:

Victoria metropolitan* area:
Employee       $60.00
Volunteer       $15.00

Victoria outside metropolitan* area:
Employee      $30.00
Volunteer:      Free

Employee       $125.00
Volunteer       $60.00

* Metropolitan services will be determined by the DHHS classifications which can be accessed here: Hume Moreland, North Eastern Melbourne, Outer Eastern Melbourne, Inner Eastern Melbourne, Southern Melbourne, Bayside Peninsula, Western Melbourne and Brimbank Melton.

** There are limited places for interstate attendees.  Once these are filled, interstate people will be placed on a wait list and contacted if a place becomes available.

Registration is available here:

Non-attendance fee policy

As the fees are subsidised by PCV and PCV will incur costs for registrants who do not attend, a penalty fee to cover costs will be charged for registrations not filled on the day.  This fee will be $60 for Victorian cancellations or $125 for interstate cancellations.  Any registration fee already paid will be deducted from this amount. Cancellation with a fee refund or transfer of registration to another attendee must be completed by 17 May 2018.

Conference program

The conference program will run from 9.30am to 4.00pm.  Further details will appear here as the program is put together with the final program expected to be available by late-April.

Find a palliative care service