Social Worker

Job posted: 04/04/2024
Applications close: 02/06/2024 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: The Royal Women's Hospital

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 25667

Reference: 25667

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

  • Identified role for a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who is accepted by the Victorian Aboriginal community as such
  • Full time, ongoing Grade 2 role social work role
  • Parkville location with multiple public transport options
  • $86,731 – $99,700 + salary packaging + super + 5 weeks annual leave 

The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s oldest and most distinguished tertiary hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of women and newborns, offering specialised services within maternity, neonatal and women’s health.  Our goal is to be the best place to work, learn and contribute, and to provide exceptional experiences for our patients and consumers.

We are located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people of this nation.

About Social Work

Social Work at The Women’s aims to improve the psychosocial health and wellbeing of women and babies, embracing a view of women’s health that is holistic and considers women’s social, physical, emotional and cultural wellbeing.  Our Social Workers offer support to women through their maternity, neonatal, gynaecological and oncology experiences, and provide information, counselling, support and advocacy in response to health and social needs.

About the role

This role is for a Grade 2 Social Worker who is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and are accepted by the Victorian Aboriginal community as such, to provide culturally specific care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients accessing care at The Royal Women’s Hospital. In this role you will provide direct clinical care to patients, as well as supporting other members of multi-disciplinary teams across the hospital to ensure that we are providing high quality and culturally safe care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families.

You will work closely with the Baggarrook Yurrongi team which offers Caseload midwifery care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and babies, the Women’s Drug and Alcohol Service (WADS) who provide medical care, counselling and support to women with complex substance use and dependence, Social Work and Badjurr-Bulok Wilam and the team of Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers.

A regular day will see you:

  • Provide quality patient focused care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their carers and communities through culturally safe, competent, evidence-based clinical skills relating to psychosocial assessment, interventions including crisis intervention, short-term counselling, bereavement care, advocacy, community liaison, referral and discharge planning
  • Involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, carers and significant others in medical treatment decision making and care plans, treatment goals and discharge plans as per the patience wishes
  • Work closely with the Baggarrook Yurrongi team or other multidisciplinary teams involved in the care of women and their families
  • Develop and maintain community links with relevant organisations including the Victorian Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation sector
  • Act as a supportive and positive role model, providing constructive learning experiences, direction and mentorship of staff and students

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to join a leading tertiary hospital, where you’ll work alongside a small, cohesive team who are passionate about what they do!

To gain a comprehensive understanding of the role and its requirements, we encourage you to review the attached position description when you click 'apply'.

About you

You will be someone with strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build collaborative working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.

You’ll bring with you:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Social Work as well as meeting eligibility requirements for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and be a person who is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and accepted by the Aboriginal community
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, society and kinship networks and their relevance to the provision of healthcare
  • An understanding of relevant legislation and practice frameworks relating to family violence practice and child protection, including the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS), Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) and the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) and the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 and the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, short-term counselling, bereavement care, advocacy, community liaison and referral, case management and discharge planning
  • The 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

Our benefits

At the Women’s you will enjoy a culture that is collaborative, supportive and passionate about learning.  We have a strong sense of purpose, and engage in meaningful work every day.  We offer our people a range of rewarding benefits, including:

  • $11,660 in salary packaging benefits, for living expenses, meals and holiday accommodation
  • A suite of wellness initiatives designed to support you, including discounted financial, lifestyle and health options, and a comprehensive wellbeing program
  • Public transport options at our doorstep and end of journey facilities for cyclists
  • Onsite childcare centre and breastfeeding rooms
  • Mentoring, learning and career development opportunities
  • Five weeks annual leave, monthly ADO’s, 17.5% leave loading and purchased leave options
  • Support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff through our Karreeta Networking and Mentoring group and culturally safe professional supervision sessions

Inclusion and belonging

The Women’s celebrates, values and supports a diverse and inclusive environment which reflects our vibrant community.  We encourage applications from anyone identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.  We also welcome anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+, physically, linguistically, culturally and/or gender diverse, and people of any age to apply for our roles. We are committed to gender equity principles, and our people have an awareness of and sensitive approach to violence against women and family violence matters.  We are proudly Breastfeeding Association accredited.

Join us!

If you feel this role is right for you we warmly invite you to apply, and encourage your early application.  All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check, a Working with Children Check and three COVID-19 vaccinations, and may include a range of additional vaccinations including influenza, as required by the Department of Health.  If you need assistance or require any reasonable adjustments to fully participate in the application or interview process, you are welcome to reach out to the contact person listed.  We acknowledge that not all applicants will meet the full list of selection criteria outlined, and wherever possible we will consider applications where relevant experience can apply.

Social Worker

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Dimitria Katsikis - (03) 8345 3050 - (03) 8345 3050

Social Worker