14913- 01MUS

Social Worker
Part-time Permanent

Closes: 22 November 2019

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $92,103 - $97,049 (up to $101,862 on achieving a personal upgrade)
Position No: 14913- 01MUS
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 06 November 2019
Contact Officer: Patrice Higgins on patrice.higgins@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 0075

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focused on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‚Äźbased health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.
CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Seven community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Overview of the work area and position:
Canberra Health Services, provides multidisciplinary care across a range of hospital and community settings. There are several teams who provide Social Work services across inpatient, outpatient and community settings:
The Acute Support Social Work team is responsible for the care and support of patients across a range of critical and acute care areas of The Canberra Hospital. These include the Medical and Surgical inpatient wards, Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department, Maternity and Paediatric inpatient wards and a range of paediatric and adult outpatient clinics.
Rehabilitation Aged and Community Services team (RACS) provides integrated and effective services in the areas of rehabilitation, aged care and community care in a broader range of sites throughout the ACT, including The Canberra Hospital and The University of Canberra Hospital, community health centres and the homes of clients.  This includes health care and support for people with acute, post acute and long-term illnesses.
The Cancer Psychosocial Service is located in the Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC). This service provides multidisciplinary psychosocial care to patients and their families or carers who attend the Canberra Region Cancer Centre, or who have been admitted into Ward 4A or Ward 14B. Working closely with other disciplines in the CRCC and the wards in Canberra Hospital, the Cancer Psychosocial Service provides leadership in psychosocial care of patients and their families or carers.  Services include facilitation of access to resources, responding to crisis, counselling, palliative care and bereavement issues, staff consultation and in-services.
Social workers provide assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of client populations throughout their patient journey. The patients we see present with a range of psychosocial issues that impact their health circumstances across the lifespan including ante-natal care, newly acquired and chronic health conditions, medical and surgical treatments, rehabilitation and ageing.
The Social Worker will have an understanding of issues related to health and wellbeing and the impact on the person and their family/carer, including adjustment to change in their health.  The Social Worker will promote improved client outcomes through working in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to provide high quality clinical services across a range of service speciality areas.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work
  • Current membership or eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • A minimum of three years (desirable 5 years) experience post qualification in Social Work
  • Current driver’s licence.
  • Previous hospital or health experience
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health. If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in CHS facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any offer of employment being made.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
This position(s) may be required to participate in overtime, on call, and/or rotation roster. This duty statement outlines a range of possible duties that staff are expected to perform at this level. The emphasis placed on each duty will vary according to the requirements of each position. From this recruitment round an order of merit list may be established to fill permanent, temporary and casual positions over the next 12 months. This position is a permanent part-time position and the full-time salary noted above will be pro-rata. Selection may be made on written applications alone.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services