Social workers are an integral part of the health team at Northern Health, providing support to patients, their families and carers (including significant others). Social Work is focussed on patient centred care and provides support within the health setting that meets the multi-layered needs of patients and their families / carers. The role of social work is to enhance social and emotional functioning through targeted evidenced based interventions and the mobilisation of services and supports.
Social workers complete psychosocial assessments to understand the needs of patients. This assessment includes understanding any risks to patients due to their current situation, their functioning and capacity, and determining their support needs. Social Work services are provided for inpatient admissions to ensure safe discharge, some outpatient clinics, CTS and HARP.
Services and programs
Social Work provides services across the continuum of care including:
- Acute Medical and Surgical units
- Acute and Ambulatory Women’s and Children’s Health
- Adult Rehabilitation
- Emergency Department, Short Stay Unit and Observation Unit
- Coronary Care and Intensive Care
- Palliative Care
- Geriatric Evaluation and Management
- Community Therapy Service
Australian Association of Social Workers – www.aasw.asn.au