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Health Professional Level 3 - Social Worker

ACT Government Health - Canberra Airport, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Health Professional Level 3 - Social Worker (Job Number: 01UIZ)


Job Title: Social Worker

Classification: Health Professional Level 3

Position Number: 23677

Annual Salary: $95,883 - $101,033 (up to $106,044 on achieving a personal upgrade)

Branch: Cancer and Ambulatory Support

Section: Cancer Supportive Care Team

Vacancy Type: Permanent full-time

Closing Date: 5 March 2021

Contact Officer: David Larkin (02) 5124 8540 david.larkin@act.gov.au

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.

Providing a high level of appropriate skilled clinical assessments and psychosocial interventions for oncology/haematology patients.

Exercising independent professional judgement in solving problems and managing complex cases where principles, procedures and techniques require expansion, adaptation or modification.

Liaising and consulting with carers and other health care service providers to enhance and improve clinical outcomes and develop partnerships for health promotion and other service activities identified in the business plan.

Actively contribute to the supervision and education of staff and students. Actively participate in supervision, continuing professional development and performance management.

Actively contribute to the implementation of clinical governance activity, quality improvement projects, research programs and health promotion in areas relevant to service.

Actively participate in team meetings, complete clinical and administrative data collection and case records to a consistent high standard.

Practice in accordance with the professional body’s code of conduct, practice standards and organisational guidelines and legislative requirements.

Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high-quality person and family centred, safe and high quality patient care.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your curriculum vitae and experience. Your statement of claims against the Selection Criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

Proven knowledge of and ability to provide a high level of skilled clinical psychosocial assessment, counselling, and complex interventions, which is responsive to multi-faceted patient needs in a clinical environment.

Superior level of communication skill which is demonstrated through the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external service providers and stakeholders and work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.

Demonstrated critical self-reflection and active participation in professional supervision and provide clinical supervision to professional staff and students.

Demonstrated initiation in undertaking innovative quality improvement activities through policy review, quality improvement processes and research to develop evidence-based practice.

Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Service’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to http://www.health.act.gov.au/employment/how-apply. For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.

Job: Allied Health
Salary Range: 95,883.00 - 106,044.00
Contact Name: David Larkin
Contact Email: David.Larkin@act.gov.au
Closing Date: 05/Mar/2021, 6:59:00 AM

Canberra Airport, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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