Senior Social Worker - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Monash Children's Hospital

Job posted: 31/05/2022
Applications close: 07/07/2022 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 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

Working in Healthcare has never been more important or meaningful


Our Journey:

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (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 delivers education, information, and resources to communities at high risk of 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 years of age.

A Day in the Life:

Based at the Monash Children’s Hospital and working as part of the FASD team, the Senior Social worker supports children and their 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 various Monash Health departments, and provide education to the broader team, students and trainees as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

This unique role encompasses two components:

The VicFAS component of the FASD service Senior Social Worker role (0.4EFT) will be to support children aged 3-10 years and their families, and contribute to information gathering and formulation of clinic outcomes.

The 0-3 year component of the FASD service Senior Social Worker role (0.5 EFT) provides support for young children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy and their families, gathering information and contributing to formulation 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.

In this part time, fixed term role, the key days for social work activities in the service are Tuesday and Thursday.  As such, the successful incumbent must be available on those days, however flexibility around what other days you work can be accommodated.


What You Bring:

To be successful in this role 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


On a Personal Level, you are:

  • 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:

  • Extensive 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

  • A valid driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle to travel to sites across Victoria as required

In Return:

You’ll be part of a strong, passionate and communicative multidisciplinary team where you can utilise your skills and experience to enhance and support this vital service as we advocate for our patients and their families and continue to pursue the expansion of this service in Victoria.


For a confidential discussion and to explore the opportunity further, we welcome you to call Camilla Hayn on 03 8572 3917.

Monash Health is a great place to work

Our employees enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • salary packaging options that increase your take-home pay

  • a comprehensive Health and Wellbeing program

  • free flu vaccinations

  • private health insurance at discounted rates

  • health imaging services

  • + more

Monash Health is the largest public health service in Victoria, employing more than 20,000 people who work across 40 locations delivering healthcare services through our five hospitals and our extensive network of rehabilitation, aged care, community health and mental health facilities

We recognise 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 and ICare values.

How to Apply

We only accept applications submitted via the Monash Health online Mercury System.

For information including how to apply and probity check requirements, please refer to attached ‘Application Guide’ located under Position Documents

Senior Social Worker - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Monash Children's Hospital

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Senior Social Worker - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - Monash Children's Hospital