Social Worker

Social Worker
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Department: South West Healthcare
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Warrnambool
Reference: VG/1703175
Closing Date: 02-Apr-2023
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: Permanent full time (with a monthly ADO)
Attachments: Social Worker.pdf (PDF, 465KB)
Job Specification

Contact: People & Culture

Position Details

About the role

We are looking for a Social Worker who is seeking an excellent work life balance in the beautiful south west coast.  South West Healthcare's Social Work and Counselling team provides Social Work services to clients (including outpatients, acute and subacute inpatients) and their families, to assist them to cope with the effects of illness, grief and loss, trauma and difficult life events.

As a part of the Social Work, Mental Health and Counselling teams you will have an opportunity to develop your skills in working with people from a range of diverse backgrounds. Every day will be different and you will be supported and nurtured as part of a friendly multidisciplinary team

Scope of Social Work practice includes:

-          Assessments – psycho-social assessments, risk assessments around family violence, elder abuse and exploitation

-          Counselling, mediation and therapeutic interventions including supporting patients and their families to adjust to diagnosis, trauma and emotional responses to illness and treatment

-          Grief, loss and bereavement support

-          Mediation and conflict resolution and advocating for individuals and their families/carers

-          Referrals and collaboration with internal and external services to meet patients and family's needs

You will have access to fortnightly supervision as well as group supervision and be supported to develop your core social work skills and knowledge particularly in the diverse area of medical social work.

This is a permanent full time (80 hours per fortnight) position, with a monthly ADO (Allocated Day Off).

  • Salary between $84,614 to $97,744 per annum (dependent on experience) plus superannuation.

What you bring

  • You will hold a Degree in Social Work and be eligible for membership of AASW
  • Demonstrated experience as a social Worker
  • You will be able to demonstrate assessment skills, problem solving, communication and excellent engagement skills with others
  • Able to work and contribute to the team
  • Excellent organisational skills as well as verbal and written communication skills are essential
  • Commitment to Professional Development - Education, quality improvement and evidence based practices will be your key drivers.
  • Working with children's check
  • Australian Drivers Licence

What we offer

You will enjoy benefits such as:

  • Excellent salary packaging options including meals & entertainment, novated leasing, additional superannuation contributions or general packaging of a range of expenses meaning you take home more of your pay and have less tax liabilities
  • Internal and external professional development opportunities and dedicated study leave each year;
  • Ongoing clinical supervision including group supervision and reflective practice;
  • A range of internal development opportunities focusing on personal development such as resilience and mentoring workshops and comprehensive leadership programs;
  • 5 weeks annual leave and other employment benefits
  • $10,000 incentive payment applies to eligible candidates
  • Be reimbursed, for rent, childcare, school fees, relocation costs, and more

The Victorian Government has allocated funds to support rural and regional area mental health services to provide incentives to attract workers to roles that are difficult to fill.

The regional mental health workforce incentive grants will support the attraction, recruitment, and retention of new workers to priority positions across state-funded mental health services in rural and regional Victoria. This role has been identified as being eligible for an incentive payment.

(The new workforce relocation and incentive grants program is being administered by Rural Agency Workforce Victoria (RWAV)).

Who we are

As an organisation SWH prides themselves on their values; Care, Respect, Excellence, Integrity and Leadership and their overall dedication to the local community.

SWH respects all individuals and promote equity and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds and socio- economic status.

SWH is the major specialist referral centre for the Barwon South West sub-region, and provides a comprehensive range of acute, sub-acute, specialist, community, mental health and aged services.

With a population of 39,000 and a catchment of 100,000 Warrnambool is the regional centre to Victoria's Great South Coast.

To learn about the vibrant town and region please visit:

How to apply

Submit your application by selecting the Apply button below and include a cover letter and resume by Sunday 2 April 2023. Please ensure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the position description.

The successful applicant will be required to be eligible for and undergo the following:

  • Police Record Check
  • Employee Working with Children's Check
  • Current Immunisation status

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