The GSNV Volunteer Program is an opportunity for our support groups to source suitable volunteers to assist them in various tasks and projects which may include:

  • Assisting with events, workshops, fundraisers, conferences and seminars
  • Updating databases
  • Creating marketing material
  • Supporting support group committees and boards
  • Research and writing
  • Face to face support assistance

Volunteers can be students interested in applying for the Masters of Genetic Counselling program (University of Melbourne), or individuals seeking some hands-on experience in the genetics community. The GSNV may also engage volunteers from its broader networks and community.

The GSNV wishes to acknowledge the contribution of Ms Amy Schneider and Ms Emily Higgs, who originally developed the concept of this volunteer program and who have been vital in getting it off the ground.

Please note: only genuine applicants will be considered. This program is intended to assist those who are interested in considering a career in the genetic health and support sector.


Become a Volunteer:

If you are interested in participating in the Volunteer Program and being matched with a support group, we would love to hear from you.

You must: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Enjoy providing a service and working with others in a challenging environment
  • Open to various cultural and religious beliefs
  • Highly responsible
  • Be committed to the program
  • Have effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Have some knowledge of ethical practice

Applications for the GSNV Volunteer Program will only be accepted between January and April of a calendar year. Applications received after April will not be considered.

Due to the high volume of applicants, the GSNV advises that not all applicants can be accepted as a formal volunteer. In order to offer genuine candidates the most suitable tasks, please email the following documentation for consideration:

  • A written expression of interest cover letter outlining your interest in volunteering, any skills or knowledge you can contribute and your intended level of commitment
  • A current CV
  • A copy of your Working with Children Check (volunteer check is free of charge)

You will also need to undergo a Police Check, the cost of which will be covered by the GSNV when your suitability has been assessed. Please keep in mind that volunteers are representatives of the GSNV and therefore respectful and courteous conduct is expected.  The invitation to take part in the GSNV Volunteer Program is subject to full reference and compliance with the GSNV Volunteer Program Guidelines and Procedures.

Please forward your application to: info@gsnv.org.au

All successful applicants will be advised of an information session.


Need a Volunteer?

This Volunteer Program is an opportunity for genetic, rare and undiagnosed support groups to source suitable volunteers to assist them to deliver services to their community. 

Volunteers come from many different backgrounds but generally have an interest and/or basic understanding of genetics. Further information on the volunteer program can be found on the Genetic Link website.

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