Social Worker

$70,679 - $97,028 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT Human Rights Commission, Allara Street, Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 14 Jun, 2022
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Classification: Health Professional Level 2
Salary: $70,679 - $97,028 plus superannuation
Position No: 28712 - 023J1
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 14 June 2022
Contact Officer: Patrice Higgins on or (02) 5124 2316

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

Under current Public Health Emergency Directions all Canberra Health Services staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In order to be eligible for employment with Canberra Health Services, you will be required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 by way of a Vaccination Certificate or provision of an authorised exemption, for consideration. Please ensure you include this information with your application documentation.


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focused 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) and the surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

Canberra Health Services, provides multidisciplinary care across a range of hospital and community settings. There are several teams who provide Social Work services across inpatient, outpatient and community settings:

The Acute Support Social Work team is responsible for the care and support of patients across a range of critical and acute care areas of The Canberra Hospital. These include the Medical and Surgical inpatient wards, Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department, Maternity and Paediatric inpatient wards and a range of paediatric and adult outpatient clinics.

Rehabilitation Aged and Community Care team (RACC) provides integrated and effective services in the areas of rehabilitation, aged care and community care in a broader range of sites throughout the ACT, including The Canberra Hospital and The University of Canberra Hospital, community health centres and the homes of clients. This includes health care and support for people with acute, post-acute and long-term illnesses.

The Cancer Psychosocial Service is located in the Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC). This service provides multidisciplinary psychosocial care to patients and their families or carers who attend the Canberra Region Cancer Centre, or who have been admitted into Ward 4A or Ward 14B. Working closely with other disciplines in the CRCC and the wards in Canberra Hospital, the Cancer Psychosocial Service provides leadership in psychosocial care of patients and their families or carers. Services include facilitation of access to resources, responding to crisis, counselling, palliative care and bereavement issues, staff consultation and in-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 changes 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.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  • Good organisational skills with a high degree of drive
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet patient’s needs
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to critically reflect on and develop practice skills and framework

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and a minimum of 1 years’ experience working professionally in Social Work is required.
  • Degree in Social Work (or equivalent).
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to - Working with vulnerable people (WWVP) registration (
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months paid work experience, post-qualification, in a related/relevant organisation/service.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role in alignment to the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • 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 & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.

Job Closing Date

30 Jun, 2022