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Senior Developmental paediatrics Social Worker

Job posted: 31/05/2022
Applications close: 14/06/2022 (Midnight)
18 days remaining

18 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Monash Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 52921

Reference: 52921

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Senior Social Worker, Monash Children's Hospital Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Service (Grade 3)


Monash Health is excited to announce a new Senior Social Worker Position in the FASD team as part of Developmental and Community Paediatrics.



  • Play a key role in a multi-disciplinary team environment delivering FASD assessments for children and families affected by FASD

  • Be part of the innovative team developing Victoria's leading FASD assessment service and building capability across Victoria

  • New position as the service expands with recent new funding


About the FASD Service 


The FASD service, through Developmental Paediatrics, provides specialist multidisciplinary assessments for children with pre-natal alcohol exposure, who show complex neurological, developmental, and behavioural symptoms. The service also delivers education, information and resources to communities at high risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and provides clinical training in FASD diagnosis for paediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and social workers. This new role reflects expansion of the current service to provide care to children in regional Victoria and also to children 0-3 yrs of age.


About The Role


There is an opportunity for an experienced Senior Social Worker to join the FASD team at Monash Children’s Hospital supporting children with prenatal alcohol exposure and broader neurodevelopmental problems.The Senior Social Worker provides support to children and families through the referral and assessment process. The support required will differ depending on the age of the patient, and may incorporate psychosocial assessment, practical support to families, intake interviews and assistance to families to navigate the diagnostic clinic appointments. They will also contribute to multidisciplinary formulation, liaise between Monash departments, and provide education to the broader team, students and trainees as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


The VicFAS component of the FASD service Senior Social Work role (0.4EFT) will be to support for children aged 3-10 years and their families, and contribute to information gathering and formulation of clinic outcomes. The 0-3 yr component of the FASD service Occupational Therapist role (0.5 EFT) provides support for young children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy and their families, gathering information and contributing to focumlation of clinic outcomes. This program focuses on linking with and providing broader supports to the family, to ensure engagement with health and community services, and to optimise outcomes for the child and future healthy pregnancies.


Role details:



  • Key days for social work activities in this service are Tuesday and Thursday. 

  • The role is based at Monash Children’s Hospital. Travel with the team to regional sites 3-6 times/ year for day clinics is preferred.

  • This role is for a fixed term from May 2022 for 3 years. 

  • Applications for fractional EFT less than 0.9 will be considered on a case by case basis.


About You


You have significant skills and experience in a paediatrics field, preferably with children who show complex neurological, developmental, and behavioural symptoms and experience working with families with complex social issues that includes the involvement of child protection. Prior experience of working with children with developmental disabilities is required. You have a passion to work with babies and young children, and are keen to be part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team that is building this innovative service.


You are also



  • dedicated to safe best practice & quality care

  • committed to delivering patient centred care & a patient advocacy

  • enthusiastic, compassionate & able to work collaboratively

  • excited to be accountable for and manage specific portfolios in our relentless pursuit of excellence


What You Need



  • Minimum seven years relevant experience in social work in a child-related field, preferably with children who show complex neurological, developmental, and behavioural symptoms.  

  • Approved qualification and evidence of eligibility for membership of AASW is essential

  • Demonstrated CPD accreditation to AASW requirements

  • Experience in supporting vulnerable infants and children and their families, where parents experience complex social issues including alcohol and substance use, mental health and family violence, and/or child protection involvement and where children are at risk of FASD

  • Demonstrated experience as indicated in position description

  • Australian working rights


What We Offer



  • access to Monash Health in-house learning portals to further expand your acute clinical skills & knowledge base

  • avenues to further develop your leadership & project management skills

  • mentorship & career guidance

  • support to attend relevant forums & conferences

  • a supportive learning environment, should you wish to undertake postgraduate studies


How to Apply


Monash Health recognises the value of equal employment opportunity and is committed to patient safety and promoting fairness, equity, and diversity in the workplace. At Monash Health we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and work to our six guiding principles.


Applications will only be accepted via the Monash Health online Mercury System only. Email applications will not be considered.


Existing Monash Health Employees should apply using your Monash Health employee account. For any queries regarding employee accounts contact Recruitment Services by email – recruitment@monashhealth.org. 


Offers of employment can only be made once all required probity checks have been completed.  These include:



  • reference checks;

  • a clear Police Check conducted within the last three months;

  • a current Victorian Employee Working with Children’s Check (or proof of payment for same);and

  • proof of immunisation.


A request to conduct probity checks does not guarantee that an offer of employment will be made.


As part of our selection process, you may be invited by email to participate in an on-camera video interview.


Under the Victorian Public Health orders, all employees working within the Public Health system must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are required to provide acceptable evidence of their vaccination status.  The current orders require evidence of three doses.
All applicants to positions with Monash Health will need to upload acceptable evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 as part of their application.  Acceptable evidence is a copy of your Immunisation History Statement or your COVID-19 Digital Certificate, which can be accessed via MyGov.

Senior Developmental paediatrics Social Worker

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Contact:

Rebecca Carlton - 0424693914

Senior Developmental paediatrics Social Worker