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Social Worker - Cancer Supportive Care Team

ACT Government - Canberra Airport, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Full-time Permanent
Closes: 05 March 2021

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $95,883 - $101,033 (up to $106,044 on achieving a personal upgrade) plus superannuation
Position No: 23677 - 01UIZ
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 19 February 2021
Contact Officer: David Larkin on david.larkin@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 8540

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 focussed 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.
Four 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, Alcohol and Drug Services.

Overview of the work area and position

The Division of Cancer and Ambulatory Support (CAS) provides comprehensive cancer screening, diagnostic, assessment and treatment services in inpatient, outpatient and non-admitted treatment settings. The division is also responsible for immunology, specialist palliative care, medical physics and radiation safety, walk in centres and organisational outpatient support through Central Intake, transcription, policy support and the Central Outpatients Department.

The Canberra Health Services Cancer Supportive Care Team (CSCT) sits within the Division of Cancer and Ambulatory Support (CAS). The service aims to provide cancer patients, carers and their support network with timely treatment, information and support services.

The CSCT is comprised of cancer specialist nurses, psychologists, social workers and administrative staff who provide holistic support to cancer patients who use our services. The community-based Cancer Counselling Service includes Social Workers who provide a wide range of services and support, including:

Individual counselling
Therapeutic and skills training groups
Information and referral to other community 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:
Degree in Social Work
Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience.

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.
Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals,
Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

For more information on this position and how to apply “click here”

Career interest categories:
Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services

Canberra Airport, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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