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Social Worker

Swan hill District Health - Swan Hill, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Inclusive Compassionate Progressive Accountable


Full Time position

This is an amazing opportunity for an experienced Grade 2 Social Worker to challenge themselves and

grow their skills, gaining experience with a diverse range of services and working with a wide variety of


Your work will be split across two key service areas, spending roughly 3 days a week as a ward-based

social worker , and supporting the Family Violence Alcohol and Other Drugs (FVAOD) program as

a Specialist Advisor for the other 2 days.

On days spent in the hospital, you will be acting as the sole practitioner within a wider, multidisciplinary

team, responsible for:
Providing assessment, case management, crisis intervention, counselling and discharge planning

for SHDH hospital patients, residents and clients;

Advocating on behalf of patients, providing education and advice to hospital staff to recognise and

consider patient's psychosocial needs; and

Facilitating acute discharge planning, assisting patients to consider care plans, and liaising with or

referring to other internal and external services.

In the Specialist Advisor role, your key responsibilities will be:

Providing practice leadership to the target client group across agencies in the catchment area;

Identifying emerging trends, needs, and gaps in service delivery, using this to inform the ongoing

development of new or existing systems, services, policies and procedures;

Facilitating improved information sharing between AOD and family violence agencies, providing

secondary consultation and assistance to internal and external staff to better support individuals

and families in need of these services.

About Swan Hill:
Located on the majestic Murray River, around 3.5 hours from Melbourne, Swan Hill is a safe place where

you will be greeted with a warm smile from our friendly local community. Our main street boasts a vibrant

shopping district with high quality restaurants and little traffic congestion. You’ll find affordable housing,

safe spaces for kids, swimming pools, quality education options and a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about the role please contact Jann Barkman, Manager Counselling Department on

03 5033 9880 or email jbarkman@shdh.org.au

Applications will only be accepted if they address the Key Selection Criteria and include an

APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT FORM. Email applications are preferred.

Applications close at COB Friday 12th March 2021


Clinical Services

Inclusive Compassionate Progressive Accountable

Position: Social Worker

Classification: Social Worker

Department: Acute Ward

Reports to: Nurse Unit Manager

Position Summary: The Social Worker will be accountable for providing quality patient care

through the application of competent clinical skills in assessment, planning,

and implementation of treatment. To provide effective and efficient social

work management of patients in range of areas including Acute, Sub-Acute,

Aged Care and Primary Care. Lead Family Violence and Child safety

initiatives/ongoing implementation. Perform the role of Specialist Family

Violence advisor.

The Social Worker will work as part of a multidisciplinary team within an

acute hospital setting requiring close collaboration with the acute clinical

team (including medical, nursing and allied health). Respond to inpatient

referrals as required and provide psychosocial assessments and

interventions for patients and their family/carers. To participate in discharge

planning and relevant meetings. To develop and lead Family Violence and

Child Safe action plans and provide Specialist Family Violence advice to


Responsibilities: Provide where required assessment, case management, crisis

intervention, counselling and discharge planning for SHDH patients,

residents, and clients

Facilitate acute discharge planning assisting patients to consider care

plans where appropriate, and liaise with and refer to other services

(internal and external).

Provision of psychosocial assessment, including family violence and child

safe assessments, general and bereavement counselling, information and

advocacy to patients and their families/carers in a client centred


Participate in ward conferences and arrange family conferences where


Assist hospital staff to recognize patient’s psychosocial needs through

liaison, advocacy, education, case discussion and clear recording.

Provide crisis counselling services and refer long term to counselling

services (internal and external).

Provide support, education and advice for staff.

Lead Family Violence and Child Safe initiatives including the ongoing

implementation of The Strengthening Hospital Response to Family

Violence Project (SHRFV) -see attachment A for specifications.

Perform the role of Specialist Family Violence Advisor (0.4EFT) including

all specified duties and responsibilities as outlined in attachment B.

Key Selection Criteria 1. Bachelor of Social Work and eligibility for membership of the Australian

Association of Social Workers

2. Experience in working in a health related field and demonstrated ability

to provide a range of social work services including assessment, case

management, discharge planning, crisis intervention, counselling,

advocacy and education.

3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a

multi-disciplinary team.

4. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and succinctly including

people that may experience a range of communications difficulties.

5. Demonstrated knowledge of the Australian Association of Social

Workers’ Code of Ethics and the ability to demonstrate how this

underpins professional and ethical practice.

6. Demonstrated ability to manage a demanding workload through

effective prioritizing of tasks.

7. Excellent computer literacy including MS Office, email and internet.

8. Experience and knowledge in Family Violence sector Project

management skills

Salary/Award: Salary in accordance with Allied Health Professionals (Victorian Public

Health Sector) Single Interest Enterprise Agreement 2016-2020 .

Infection Control: Each staff member has a responsibility to minimize exposure to incidents

of infection/cross infection of residents, staff, visitors and the general


The risk minimization strategies are to be supported by all staff adhering

to the Infection Control Manual policies, procedures and guidelines.

Continuous Quality Each staff member is expected to demonstrate a commitment to best

Improvement: practice.

All staff shall take responsibility for their own practice and share

responsibility for creating and maintaining a system that provides safe,

high quality health care.

All staff will participate in quality improvement activities aimed at

improving patient outcomes and maintaining accreditation standards.

It is the responsibility of every staff member to be familiar with Health

Service-wide and specific Department Policies & Protocols

Person Centered Care: The Health Service supports in its values the philosophy of Person Centered

Care to ensure all people, including health service providers, clients, their

carers and family members are respectfully cared for and encouraged to

participate in the provision of quality health care.

We recognise diversity is part of every person & as such providers of health

care must be actively involved in developing models of care that are person


Our Purpose: Connected Care / Best Experience

SHDH commits to meet the growing health care needs of our community

through our new vision to provide better connected care and to achieve the

best care experience.

Privacy and Confidentiality: SHDH are committed to protecting patient and staff privacy and

confidentiality, as it is an important aspect of our commitment to providing

high quality services. In accordance to both the Health Records Act and the

Information Privacy Act, information should only be used and disclosed for

the primary purpose of its collection.

Each employee has a responsibility to adhere to SHDH’s Privacy and

Confidentiality Policy, as it is a condition of employment. Any breach of the

rules of privacy and/or confidentiality relating to health service business,

patients or medical records will result in disciplinary action.

Mandatory Training: All employees must be aware of and complete designated mandatory training

within the required time frame.

Safety: RESPONSIBILITIES: It is the responsibility of every staff member to:

Take reasonable care for your safety and the safety of others while at


Report accidents, incidents and potential hazards as soon as reasonably

practicable to your supervisor and record on VHIMS reporting system.

Advise your supervisor if you have an injury or illness that may affect your

ability to perform the inherent requirements of your position.

Be familiar with emergency and evacuation procedures as detailed in the

Emergency Procedures Manual.

Complete all Mandatory training requirements as identified and directed.

Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all SHDH O.H.

& S. online Policies and Procedures.

Asset Management: Staff with asset management responsibilities are required to adhere to the

Asset Management Policy and Protocols.

Review: Completion of My Work Plan on a yearly basis.

Previous Revision dates: August 2018,

Current: July 2020

Ms. Rose Hanns


Schedule 1

1. Summary of Activity

The following describes the scope of the Schedule. While listed separately, SCHS recognise

that this is an integrated and coordinated solution.

Specialist Advisor Family Violence Alcohol & Other Drugs


Description Provide 0.4FTE Social Worker Grade 2 to provide services on

the ground in the Southern Mallee Area to support the

implementation of the DHHS Specialist Advisor Family

Violence AOD program from 5 March 2019 to 30 June 2022.

Outputs Quality service delivery in accordance with the

program guidelines and the agreed service


Support state funded AOD services in the southern

Mallee to implement the following:
The MARAM Family Violence risk assessment framework

Information Sharing under the Family Violence and

Child wellbeing information sharing schemes.

Provision of specialist Family Violence advice to State

funded AOD services in the Southern Mallee.

Intended Outcome A model of care in State funded AOD services that

promotes the safety and well-being of women and

children. And also ensures that perpetrators of family

violence are kept in view and held accountable for their

offending behaviour.

1. The AOD Specialist Family Violence Advisor to undertake the following activities:

Provide practice leadership to the target client group across agencies in the


Identify emerging trends, needs and gaps in service delivery and practice issues,

and use this knowledge to generate changes in systems and approaches, including

initiating and contributing to the development of relevant policies, protocols and


Identify, establish and further develop intra and inter agency processes and

practices that support high quality responses to individuals and families

experiencing family violence and those using family violence.

Facilitate client information sharing and support joint work between AOD and

family violence agencies to achieve better engagement with specialist family

violence services.


Provide secondary consultation regarding a specific client experiencing family

violence to clarify relevant issues and to provide advice about the client's ongoing


Assist the AOD workforce to identify family violence related risk and strategies

to mitigate those risks for individual clients.

Assist AOD workers to understand and navigate the specialist family violence


Maintain an in-depth knowledge of the specialist family violence support services

in the area, The Orange Door Support and Safety Hubs, and the eligibility

requirements for such services.

Keep up to date information on waitlists and alternatives for family violence

support services in the area.

Participate in local governance networks and program communities of practice

to facilitate engagement and joint work between AOD and specialist family

violence services and staff, and to promote knowledge sharing and professional


2. Area-based Implementation Committees

2.1. Function

Area-based Implementation Committee were established by the Specialist Family

Violence Capacity Building Advisors (Phase One) in each of the 17 DHHS areas to identify

service and capacity across the area. It is proposed to use these established local

governance structures, building on them to support Phase 2 of the Program.

The Area-based Implementation Committees will meet regularly to:

Oversee the development of local implementation plans.

Support local implementation in alignment with Program objectives.

Contribute local knowledge and expertise about the three sectors to inform


Provide advice and feedback on local level system gaps and barriers to


Identity and propose solutions to local operational issues.

Contribute to workforce development strategies relevant to the program.

Undertake communication with key stakeholder groups.

Provide a forum for feedback, support and guidance to advisors and sector


Work collaboratively with the State-wide Coordinator and implement changes to

program policies and strategies authorised by the State-wide Steering Committee.

Support local and State-wide monitoring and reporting processes inclusive of

regular reports to the State-wide Steering Committee.

Contribute to local and State-wide review and evaluation processes.


2.2. Membership

The proposed membership of the Area-based Implementation Committees includes:

o Specialist Family Violence Capacity Building Advisors (Phase One)

o AOD Specialist Family Violence Advisors (Phase Two)

o MH Specialist Family Violence Advisors (Phase Two)

o Family Violence, AOD and MH auspice agencies

o Area DHHS representative

o Area MH Services

o Area AOD agencies

o Area Family Violence agencies

o Local Orange Door System Navigator (where applicable)


SHDH must ensure that the Specialist Advisor FVAOD:
a) Undertakes an organisational readiness assessment- Format and any tool

used to be agreed with SCHS

b) Develops a work plan, in consultation with SCHS, to implement the

objectives as detailed in the program guidelines.

c) Implements the work plan once developed.

Frequency What we expect from you What you can expect from us when

this happens

Each month Participate in discussions Discussions about progress towards

about performance and

service delivery implementation plan, data for service

planning and delivery, support with

integration and collaboration of services

Each month Submit Updated work plan

3.1 Performance reporting In reference to all funded activities:

The Drug Policy & Reform Unit is currently working on an Outcomes Framework for the

project to be considered by the State-wide Steering Committee. Reporting, monitoring and

evaluation options are currently being explored by Family Safety Victoria and the Drug

Policy & Reform Unit, DHHS, and will be presented to the State-wide Steering Committee in

early 2019.

3.2 Monitoring of performance

Each month SHDH will meet with SCHS to discuss a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Development and Implementation of the work plan
  • Any issues or developments arising,

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