Social workers employed in NSW Ministry of Health are skilled professionals with accredited academic degrees in Social Work, that is, four years equivalent academic study and practical training.
Social workers provide clinical services in hospitals and in community care including inpatient services and outpatient services for antenatal, mental health, child and adolescent, family and Rehabilitation and Aged Care clients.
Social work services are available to current patients/clients, their carers and
family, to enable them to optimise social functioning, to deal with the impact
of illness, injury, distress or abuse, and achieve benefit from the available
health care services.
Social workers in health services provide psychosocial assessment, counselling and support, crisis interventions, therapeutic counselling, case management, service co-ordination, advocacy and referral for clients of the health service.