Welcome to your placement within the Social Work Departments at Monash Health. Social work placements are provided in bed based; community and mental health settings across the organisation. Social Workers at Monash Health is committed to providing a supportive learning environment with diverse opportunities focusing on the development, expansion, and application of clinical and research skills.
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Contact with Clinical Agencies
Upon allocation, potential students are to be interviewed by Monash Health social work staff prior to placements being offered and confirmed.
Clinical Placement Hours
Students complete a 14-week (70-day) placement on a full-time or part-time basis. Part-time placements are to be negotiated prior to allocation process but placements under four days per week are usually not offered. Placements are usually offered from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
It is an expectation you will wear smart casual work attire with closed in toe/heel shoes. You will need to wear Monash Health ID badge at all times. Please refer to Dress Code for more information.
Discipline services available at each site
Social work services are provided across bed based, community and mental health settings. Placements are offered in many varied settings; examples of which are women and children, rehabilitation, medical, surgical, drug and alcohol and youth. The case load at each site depends on the type of service that is offered at that site.
Suggested preparation for clinical placements
After you have been offered a placement following a successful interview, please contact your allocated clinical supervisor two weeks prior to your placement to receive the relevant information on what you are required to prepare before commencing. It is recommended that you ask your clinical supervisor if there is any required reading that needs to be completed prior to commencing.
Students should understand that professional practice is grounded in Social Work theories and revise accordingly before the commencement of placement especially with theories surrounding making psycho-social assessments. Students have a responsibility of familiarising themselves with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct for Social Work Field Education.
You can find more information in link: http://www.aasw.asn.au/publications/ethics-and-standards