Canberra Hospital Auxiliary

The Canberra Hospital is fortunate to have the wonderful support of a large team of volunteers through the Hospital's Auxiliary.

Our volunteers provide service, support and good cheer for patients, visitors and staff, and help to complete our hospital community.

About the Canberra Hospital Auxiliary

The Auxiliary has been operating within the Hospital for more than 35 years.

During this time, the Auxiliary has played a very important role in the Hospital, donating a wide variety of medical equipment and items for the comfort and care of patients and visitors, as well as providing financial support to staff for ongoing professional development and continuing education.


In December 2009, Canberra Hospital received its two-millionth dollar donation from the Auxiliary.

The services provided by the Auxiliary include the Auxiliary Kiosk, a trolley service to the wards, guides and a library service for patients and staff.

If you would like to be part of this wonderful service, details may be obtained from the staff in the Auxiliary Kiosk in the main foyer of Canberra Hospital or see the contact information below.

Information for the Canberra Hospital volunteer

The Canberra Hospital Auxiliary is an incorporated body and a recognised charity. The Auxiliary provides a service for the comfort of patients, staff and others to whom the activities of the Hospital extend.

The Auxiliary operates a kiosk within the Hospital selling a diverse range of goods and services. It is open seven days a week between 8.30am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday; 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturdays; and 10.00am to 4.00pm Sundays and public holidays.

The kiosk is closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

The Auxiliary works in close liaison with the Hospital Executive when determining major priorities for the distribution of funds raised from the operation of the kiosk.

Requests for funds and sponsorships must be directed through the Auxiliary executive.

Other activities of the Auxiliary include:

  • A free library service for the benefit of patients and staff;
  • Administration of funds relating to charity activities and Trusts;
  • A guide service to assist patients and visitors various areas in the Hospital; and
  • Flower service.

Volunteers also work in aged care, paediatrics, and rehabilitation areas. Volunteers are encouraged to work in an area that has an interest or social significance for them.

The Auxiliary Kiosk

Providing support and assisting patients, visitors and staff with sales of goods within the shop.

Trolley Service

Trolley services to the wards with magazines, newspapers, and snacks for patients and their visitors.

Mobile Library Service

Providing library services to the wards, and cataloguing of books in the Auxiliary library.

Volunteer Guides

The guides located in the main foyer, to assist reception staff in peak periods, by directing and escorting patients and visitors to various areas within the Hospital and surrounds.

Flower Service

Providing arrangement and disposal of flowers in wards where flowers are permitted.

Becoming a volunteer

If you would like to be part of this wonderful service, details may be obtained from the staff in the Auxiliary Kiosk in the main foyer of Canberra Hospital or call them on 6244 2492 to enquire about the above roles. Membership ($5.00) of the Auxiliary provides insurance cover for personal accident and public liability whilst on Auxiliary duties.

Contact us

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Canberra Hospital Auxiliary on (02) 6244 2492.