43949 - 01JNQ

Social Work Allied Health Assistant
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 29 May 2019

Classification: Allied Health Assistant 3
Salary: $61,115 - $67,825
Position No: 43949 - 01JNQ
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 15 May 2019
Contact Officer: Glenda Cadzow on glenda.cadzow@act.gov.au or 0417 229 044

About us:
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focused on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based 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.
  • Three Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six 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 and Alcohol and Drug Services.
Canberra Health Services is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.
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.
Social workers provide assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of client populations throughout their patient journey. Patients 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 Work Allied Health Assistant (advanced AHA3) is expected to have a general understanding of issues that impact the psychosocial well-being of patients and their family/carer, including adjustment to changes in health, ageing and disability.  The role promotes positive client outcomes through the provision of high-quality clinical services across a range of areas or units and working in a multidisciplinary team.
Under limited supervision, the Social Work Allied Health Assistant plays a key role in the implementation of referrals and provision of practical supports as a component of the social work intervention. Allied Health Assistants work under a task delegation model from Social Workers in the team, have clinical supervision from one dedicated Social Worker and are accountable to the Social Work Manager.
The Social Work AHA3 will receive limited supervision, is competent within their discipline, exercises initiative and judgement, requires limited guidance and is expected to plan and complete work independently. Supervision is provided on an agreed basis and/or as required for unusual or complex to highly complex situations for which there are no documented precedents.
The work of an AHA3 may be subject to progress checks but where these checks are made, they are usually confined to ensuring that, in broad terms, satisfactory progress is being made. In a small number of cases, where the work is critical, checks may include an assessment of the integrity of tasks/activities as they are completed.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance including the successful completion of an Allied Health Assistant Social Work skill set (or recognised equivalent),
  • Prior experience working in a hospital setting,
  • Current driver’s licence.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination   policy, (OMU).
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services 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 appointment being made.
Note: This position may be required to participate in overtime, on call and/or rotation roster. For further information about this position please contact the Contact Officer.

How to Apply: Applicants must apply online via the Health website here.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services


No documents have been supplied for this position.