Social Worker


Reference: 21741

Grade 2 Social Worker - Social Work Department


30.4 hours per week (fixed term until 23 April 2021)


The Royal Women’s Hospital


The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of newborns and women of all ages. To join the Women’s is to be instrumental in forging progress towards health equity for women from ground-breaking research through to the bedside delivery of multi-disciplinary clinical care.


Creating exceptional experiences is at the heart of everything we do for our patients, their families, and our people across our specialised services within maternity, neonatal and women’s health.


Social Work Department


Social Work at the Women’s aims to improve the health and well-being of women and babies attending the Women’s. Social Work embraces a view of women's health that is holistic and considers women’s social, physical, emotional and cultural well-being. Our social workers offer support to women through their maternity, neonatal, gynaecological and oncology experiences and provide advocacy, counselling, support and information for women in response to health and social needs.


Position Purpose


This one year fixed term, part-time position provides an experienced Grade 2 Social Worker with unique opportunities to further develop their skills in women's health, with a specific focus on supporting oncology and gynaecology patients.


Through excellent supervision and support, the successful applicant will provide holistic care to patients, including developing case plans, supporting adjustment to new diagnoses, undertaking risk assessments for vulnerable patients, discharge planning, liaising with other healthcare providers and managing a caseload.


The role is focused on clinical service provision, but encompasses non clinical tasks such as contributing to programme and guidelines development, research, student and professional education, community liaison and the promotion of the service.


Your contribution:


Your duties will include (but are not limited to) the following:


  • Provide a high quality evidence-based social work service to the patients of the Women’s, including psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, short-term counselling, bereavement care, advocacy, community liaison and referral, case management and discharge planning

  • Ensure prompt assessment of newly referred patients

  • Work closely with the multidisciplinary team involved in the care of women and their families

  • Participate in the weekend/public holiday on-call roster

  • Provide supervision to Grade 1 Social Workers and Social Work students

About you


To be successful within this role you will need to have:


  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications in Social Work as well as meeting eligibility requirements for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

  • Demonstrate a theoretical understanding and an intersectional approach to your clinical practice in relation to working with victim/survivors of family violence and sexual assault and knowledge of working with complex trauma and the child protection system

  • Demonstrated knowledge in psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, short-term counselling, bereavement care, advocacy, community liaison and referral, case management and discharge planning

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team and ability to establish and maintain functional networks with a wide variety of health personnel and with other service providers.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to manage a demanding workload, and effectively prioritise tasks, seeking guidance and support as appropriate

  • Skills in Microsoft Office suite of programs

When you join the Women’s you unite with talented people who share your purpose and unwavering determination to advance health outcomes for all women. You will find a workplace that is collaborative, progressive and passionate about learning and working together in multi-disciplinary teams to ensure you find the exceptional in your everyday.


Our staff benefits program includes salary packaging, on-site car parking and childcare (subject to availability), alongside a range of discounted financial, lifestyle and wellbeing benefits provided by our staff benefit partners. To learn more, please visit: www.thewomens.org.au/careers/why-work-at-the-womens/staff-benefits/


We are proudly Breastfeeding Association accredited.


The Women’s is committed to gender equity principles and our people have an awareness of and sensitive approach to violence against women/family violence matters. The Women’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. We welcome applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, people with lived experience of disability and people who identify as LGBTI.


Ready to make the move?


For more information about the position, please see the Position Description attached and apply online by selecting “apply now” below.


All appointments to the Women’s are subject to a satisfactory clearance of Working with Children Check and Police Check.