Senior Social Worker

Job posted: 02/08/2022
Applications close: 29/08/2022 (Midnight)
13 days remaining

13 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Gippsland | Healesville

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Eastern Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 27782

Reference: 27782

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Gippsland | Healesville

Senior Social worker

  • Grade 3 Social Worker

  • Permanent Part Time (3 days per week)

  • Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health

Eastern Health

Eastern Health is one of Melbourne’s largest public health services. We provide a range of emergency, surgical, medical and general healthcare services, including maternity, palliative care, mental health, drug and alcohol, residential care, community health and state-wide specialist services to people and communities that are diverse in culture, age, socio-economic status, population and healthcare needs.

About the role

The role of the Senior Counsellor involves direct clinical services, as well as the provision of clinical leadership including supervision of complex therapeutic work.

The Senior Counsellor will demonstrate superior consolidated professional skills and knowledge, a strong interest in quality improvement activities and research, and the ability to develop individuals and teams.  This clinician will work with the Team Leader and other senior professionals to guide the operational and professional performance of the team and ensure key performance indicators and targets are achieved.  This role will also involve promoting an integrated service that is consistent with the missions and values of Eastern Health.

The objectives of the role are to:

  • Provide therapeutic leadership and supervision of Counselling Team staff

  • Provide counselling services, comprising:

    • The provision of individual counselling, assessment and advocacy for children, young people and adults, often from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds

    • The provision of referral and linkage to additional services as required

    • The development and implementation of group work programs

    • To liaise and consult with other professionals, including Child Protection, Family Violence Services and Mental Health Services

    • To participate in Counselling intake as required

  • Provide consultation to other professionals, particularly in regard to issues of clinical risk

  • Inform, resource and liaise with the Team Leader, primarily on issues relating to the therapeutic work of the service

About you 

To be successful in this role you will possess:

  • An Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) accredited Bachelor Degree or entry level Master Degree of Social Work that provides eligibility for membership of the AASW,

  • Current Victorian Driver’s Licence.

  • A highly developed understanding of the structural, theoretical and therapeutic issues and demonstrated and extensive therapeutic experience in counselling vulnerable children and families with a particular emphasis on identifying and responding to clinical risk, eg. vulnerable children, mental health and family violence.

  • Demonstrated skills and experience in developing and facilitating therapeutic groups.

  • Demonstrated therapeutic expertise in terms of: contextual and organizational awareness, knowledge of situational policies and procedures, ability to deal with conflict including skills in mediation, capacity to function independently, independence of thought, awareness of own effectiveness and internalized responsibility.

  • Advanced leadership and management skills as evidenced by seven or more years post-qualifying professional experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide expert effective professional leadership

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including demonstrated flexibility, proficient negotiation and communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Capacity to work skilfully and creatively in an environment of completing values.

  • Demonstrate a proactive approach and change management skills.

  • Demonstrated high-level skills in supervising and teaching team members, students and others.

  • Evidence of ongoing commitment to professional development (e.g. post-graduate education; accredited courses, seminars, conferences etc.).

  • Understanding of the Australian health system and the Eastern Health organizational systems and an ability to identify and address systemic issues faced by patients/families and act on them appropriately.

  • Experience and skills in provision of specialised consultation on professional matters.

  • Ability to articulate social work practice to other professionals based on practice proficiency and familiarity with social work theory.

  • Strong conceptual skills to provide high-level advice to the Team Leader on program, practice and policy matters.

  • Evidence of involvement in, and understanding of, principles of research and/or evaluation.

  • Computer literacy (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).

  • A current Working with Children Check

Please refer to the attached position description for further details of the role.

Vaccination against infectious disease is a mandatory requirement of this role.  An offer of employment is conditional on you providing evidence that you are currently vaccinated against COVID-19 with booster & Influenza, prior to commencing employment.

What we offer

Eastern Health offers a variety of fantastic Employee Benefits, view the extensive range here!

  • Diverse and engaging career opportunities

  • Friendly & supportive team

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary packaging options

  • Career progression in our teaching hospitals

Next Steps

If you believe you have the ability to make a difference in this rewarding industry, apply today!

Please note:

  • All applications must be submitted online via E-Mercury

  • All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Fit2Work Check, where preferred candidates will be required to complete a Criminal History Check at the expense of Eastern Health.

  • You must have Australian work rights to apply for this position.

  • Recruitment agency applications will not be accepted.

Eastern Health is a child safe organisation, committed to promoting the wellbeing and cultural safety of Aboriginal children, children with disabilities and all children in their diversity.

Eastern Health is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that welcomes and values all people. We recognise that diversity is essential in ensuring Eastern Health provides the best service to its consumers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, those from the LGBTIQ+ community, people living with disability and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, are strongly encouraged to apply. Those seeking support in submitting an application are welcome to contact the hiring manger listed or feel free to contact the Talent Acquisition team.

Eastern Health Values:  Patients First | Agility | Humility | Respect | Kindness | Excellence

**Please note applications will be screened upon receipt and advertising may close prior to the closing date.**

Senior Social Worker

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Fiona SEDGMAN - (04) 6668 6826
Lauren Lynch - (04) 6772 0964

Senior Social Worker