Keen to know what Volunteering with SOS Involves? Complete our initial application form here and we’ll be in touch to talk with you. Some quick answers to your obvious questions can be found at the bottom of the form.
Other Questions? Maybe the information below will help:
Who can go on an SOS Health Outreach Volunteering Experience?
We recruit Physios, Podiatrists, OT’s, Speechies, Dietitians and other allied health professionals who have successful careers and feel the need to give back – particularly to those who can’t easily access allied health services. Usually our NE Arnhem Land Outreach trips involve practitioners with more than 5 years experience, but if you have less experience than that, you can still apply for our Palm Island Health Outreach Trips.
How Long is an SOS Health Foundation Outreach Visit?
Most SOS Health Outreach trips are for 1 week Sat-Sat. We are interested in people who have the time and might be keen to do a 2 week trip as there is added value both to you as a practitioner and to those we serve. If you’re looking for a longer placement in a remote community, we’d also like to talk with you to see what might be possible.
What Does It Cost?
SOS Health Foundation exists to help close the gap in indigenous health by mobilizing allied health practitioners to go to under-served remote indigenous communities. SOS Health covers the costs of recruiting, equipping and deploying volunteers to the communities in which they serve. Volunteers donate their time, and as an investment in the mission and work of SOS Health Foundation and a commitment to the Volunteer Outreach Trip once confirmed and booked, each volunteer makes at $500 (tax deductible) donation to SOS Health Foundation. (We are also confident that once you have been and seen and experienced the need which SOS exists to serve, you will then want to get involved in other fundraising and support of the SOS cause)
Can I Volunteer with SOS if I’m an Allied Health Student?
Health Outreach Visits to NE Arnhem Land are open to allied health professionals with 5 or more years’ experience. Palm Island Health Outreach Trips are open to both experienced practitioners and recently graduated Allied Health Professionals to volunteer. SOS does have student placements for Physio students, but only 4-5 places per year and with priority given to indigenous physio students. You need to go through your University clinical placements department to request a placement with SOS Health Foundation at our Palm Island Practice.