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Are you interested in volunteering for BreaCan?

We are recruiting volunteers for an intake in early 2016. Applications close on 17 February 2016. Go to Apply Now


BreaCan is a quality, women-centred, holistic service providing information and support to people affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer in Victoria. Through our caring and flexible approach we provide a safe environment for people to share their personal experiences of cancer and to seek information relevant to their needs. BreaCan recognises that every woman’s experience is different.

About our Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to the work of BreaCan, and we are fortunate to have a group of motivated and committed women who continually inspire and inform us. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them many skills and qualities (read some of their stories here). They range in age as well as in their personal experience of cancer. BreaCan encourages the participation of volunteers in the development and operation of the service.

Volunteer Roles

There are a number of different roles available to women who wish to volunteer with BreaCan. An outline of each volunteer role can be found below. Peer Support Volunteer Program Support Volunteer

Becoming a BreaCan Peer Support Volunteer

Our Peer Support Volunteers are women who have had a breast or gynaecological cancer experience and share their own experiences in a helpful and meaningful way to support others affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer. The exchange of knowledge between women comes from their personal experience which helps to affirm and normalise what they are going through, in a way others cannot. Peer Support Volunteers work in our Resource Centre or at our Bridge of Support Programs at either the Royal Melbourne Hospital or Sunshine Hospital. We would like to recruit women with breast cancer and women with gynaecological cancers to be Peer Support Volunteers. To ensure diversity in our volunteer program, we aim to recruit some women who speak community languages, younger women and women with children. Would you like to:

  • Listen to women’s experiences of breast or gynaecological cancer, share your own experience and provide support?
  • Help women access good quality, reliable information?
  • Link women into available support services such as counselling, practical support, local health care services, and breast or gynaecological cancer support groups?
  • Talk to women who visit in person, or contact us by telephone or email?
  • Help us host information activities at the centre?

Then Peer Support is the role for you. Peer Support Volunteers need to be able to work in the Centre during the day and commit to a 40 hour training program.

Online Application: Apply to be a Peer Support Volunteer

Information sheet: Download the PDF

Becoming a BreaCan Program Volunteer

Our Program Support Volunteers are women who have had a breast or gynaecological cancer experience, or have been close to someone who has, and assist the programs that BreaCan runs to support women. Working as a Program Support Volunteer may be a springboard to becoming a Peer Support Volunteer in the future; for others it’s a way to volunteer for a service they themselves may have used and value in a way that suits them. The volunteer roles offered in the program support area include:

  • Library Volunteer
  • Webcast Volunteer
  • Bridge of Support PeerLink Volunteer at Sunshine Hospital
  • Administrative Support Volunteer
  • Mail Out Volunteer

If you like the sound of any of the Program Volunteer roles you may wish to apply. Program Support Volunteers participate in a 3 hour training program as well as orientation to their specific role. Hours, days and times of volunteering can be flexible, although they need to be during office hours (Monday and Friday, 9am-5pm).

Online Application: Apply to be a Program Support Volunteer

Information sheet: Download the PDF

Becoming a BreaCan PeerLink Volunteer at Sunshine Hospital

We are starting a new program called the Bridge of Support for women who are breast cancer patients at Sunshine Hospital.  This program will help link women who are at the hospital to our information and support service. We are looking for women who have personally experienced breast cancer to become BreaCan PeerLink Volunteers  Bridge of Support Program at Sunshine Hospital. These volunteers will help link breast cancer patients at Sunshine Hospital to our peer support volunteers and to information and other programs provided through the BreaCan Resource Centre in the city.

Online Application: Apply by filling out a Program Support Volunteer form

Information sheet: Download the PDF

Other ways to get involved

We also recognise that people may want to contribute to the service but share their experiences in a different capacity. This might be people who are partners or carers, people who live in rural and regional Victoria, or younger women who have to balance various commitments. If so, please consider contacting us.

Apply now

Applications for the 2016 intake of volunteers close on Wednesday 17 February. Please complete the online application form for the role you are interested (you can apply for both), or phone 1300 781 500 to speak to someone about volunteering.

BreaCan Peer Support Online Application

BreaCan Program Support Online Application