Wesley Breast Clinic volunteer Meg Alder epitomises the spirit of International Volunteer Day on 5 December.
Dedicated, enthusiastic, professional and understanding, Meg has been a member of the Breast Clinic’s team of helpful volunteers since 2008.
A mother of two and grandmother of four, Meg has been juggling volunteering roles with her babysitting commitments for many years.
“Volunteering is where my heart is because I want to help people, and I like to work as part of a team,” she said.
The world-renowned Wesley Breast Clinic, based at The Wesley Hospital, provides a unique same-day screening and diagnostic service and the 52-strong team of volunteers is a key component of the service.
“We are often the first face that people see when they first visit the Breast Clinic so we help patients feel as comfortable as possible,” Meg said.
“We meet and greet, answer any enquiries, calm any nerves and we’re on hand to take patients through the whole process.
“If someone is a new patient and might be feeling a little nervous, I’ll spend a bit of extra time with them.”
Breast Clinic patients come from as far as away as Rockhampton, Charleville and Longreach to have their annual mammogram.
Meg said she, along with the rest of team, were always ready with a hot cuppa and a sympathetic ear.
“We do get lots of positive feedback from patients so it’s very rewarding, you give a little but you get so much back.
“The volunteers here get along so well and the wonderful staff keep us coming back. They treat us with dignity and respect and never fail to thank us,” she said.
More than 23,000 patients come to the Clinic each year for access to digital mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and ultrasound imaging, a screening clinic for asymptomatic patients, diagnostic services for symptomatic patients, and a family history clinic for people who carry breast cancer genes or have a strong family history of breast cancer.
Women aged 40 or over do not need a referral for a mammogram. Phone the Wesley Breast Clinic on 3232 7202 or visit www.wesley.com.au