Social Work careers
at Monash Health

Social Work careers at Monash Health

Social workers at Monash Health make a positive impact on the lives of patients, their families, carers and the wider community every day.

From helping people navigate the health system, to getting them through their toughest times, no two days are ever the same.

About our Social Work team

Our team uses the latest evidence-based research to advocate and provide care for patients, consumers and clients with a range of psychosocial, trauma and health related issues across multiple settings. This includes counselling patients, clients and consumers, their families and significant others linking them with resources, care planning and ensuring their social, emotional and cultural needs are met.

Being a part of Victoria’s largest health service means working with people from birth to end of life, from a range of backgrounds across multiple settings. This diversity means that there are unparalleled opportunities for social workers at Monash Health to grow their careers, and specialise in areas of work that align with their interests and expertise.

With a supportive cohort of over 300, sites across south-east Melbourne and flexible work arrangements, as a Social Worker at Monash Health, you can fit your career with your lifestyle.

Our areas of Social Work practice

Acute hospital-based care

Social workers at Monash Health working in acute hospital-based care, work with other health professionals to support patients, their families and carers, to navigate their medical situation and the hospital system.

This work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Working people with chronic and life-threatening conditions
  • Supporting patients in end-of-life care
  • Supporting patients with a change in health status
  • Working with people who have neurological conditions
  • Working with people who have age or disability related conditions
  • Specialty medicine including oncology and infectious diseases
  • Crisis and trauma social work within Emergency Department
  • Maternity and newborn services
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Working with children and their families

Sub-acute hospital based care

Monash Health social workers in subacute hospital-based care, work with patients, families and carers at Casey and Kingston Hospitals from varying ages, and social and cultural backgrounds.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Working with people who have a broad range of age-related conditions
  • Rehabilitation and working with people who have experienced a change in function and health status
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Working with people who have a disability (including newly acquired)
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM)

Care in the community

Various roles are offered for Monash Health social workers in the community, this includes within our community campuses, in clients’ homes and at other community venues.

Work for social workers in the community includes:

  • Geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) at home
  • Aged care services
  • Aged care assessment services
  • Transition Care program
  • Counselling roles within the community health team
  • Rehabilitation support covering a range of conditions and social situations
  • Refugee health program
  • Youth and family team
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program
  • The provision of counselling services for victim/survivors of sexual assault through the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Abuse (SECASA)

Mental Health

For social workers specialising in Mental Health, there are a range of opportunities available at Monash Health in both inpatient and community settings.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Adult Mental Health Services
  • Aged Mental Health Services
  • Early in Life Mental Health Service (ELMHS)
  • In-home and community-based services
  • Rehabilitation Services including:
    • Continuing Care Units (CCU)
    • Prevention and Recovery Care Services (PARCS)
    • Transitional Support Unit (TSU).
  • Recovery support including:
    • Acute Community Intervention Services (ACIS)
    • Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) Program
    • Emergency Department Psychosocial Program (ENGAGE)
    • Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Services

Children's

There are many opportunities at both Monash Children’s Hospital and in the community for social workers who specialise in working with children.

This includes:

  • Working in an acute hospital setting at Monash Childrens Hospital
  • Working with newborns and neonates
  • Intensive care
  • General paediatric social work
  • Paediatric oncology and cancer care
  • Adolescents and adolescent eating disorders
  • Support for children with diabetes or endocrine conditions
  • Working with children to improve their functional abilities through the state-wide Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service
  • Working with children who have a life-limiting illness as part of a state-wide service through the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program
  • Victorian Fetal Alcohol Service
  • Monash Children’s Hospital in the Home
  • Community-based Child and Family program.

“The fact it’s a very large organisation means that it presents you with so many opportunities.”

David Sharp discusses his experience as a social worker at Monash Health in the Aged Care Assessment service.

“It’s very rewarding developing rapport with people and seeing them have positive interactions during a tough time.”

Tom Clifton works in an acute setting at Monash Medical Centre in a Grade 1 role. Back in 2022, he shared his experiences in our Allied Health Early Graduate Program.

Contact our Social Work team

If you need help with your application or have any questions about what opportunities are available with a Social Work career at Monash Health, we’d love to chat with you.

Speak with Jacinta Re, Head of Social Work and Spiritual Care at Monash Health.

Email Jacinta.Re@monashhealth.org

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The Monash Health difference

Join our team of 22,000+ people

We’re one of Australia’s largest and fastest-growing health services, and we provide safe, high-quality care across the entire lifespan.

With close ties to leading universities, Monash Health is a hub for research and academic excellence where internationally recognised studies are translated to clinical improvements.

We offer inclusion, equity, and opportunity

We’re committed to being a fair, equitable and non-discriminatory workplace that maximises the talent, potential and contribution of all employees.

Regardless of what stage your career is, there is choice and encouragement to pursue a career path that best suits you.

A workplace where kindness counts

At Monash Health, we care deeply about the community we serve and about one another.

When you join our team, you’ll be supported with a healthy, balanced lifestyle and a range of employee benefits and salary packaging options to best suit you.

Our hospitals and locations

Every year, we provide over 3 million episodes of care to our community in south-eastern metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria from over 40 locations, via telehealth, and in communities and homes.

Melbourne is one of the most livable cities in the world, with the serene beaches of the Mornington Peninsula and rolling hills of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges all within an hour’s reach.

Careers at Monash Health