Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.
Grade 2 Classification
HIV Services- Alfred Health
Great staff benefits
The Social Worker is responsible for the provision of Social Work services to patients living with HIV and their families/significant others as part of the The Alfred Statewide HIV Service. The position works both within hospital acute and outpatient system and within the community sector. The Social Worker at the Alfred and will, in consultation, work with clients living with HIV within the community and/ or in HIV Social Work outreach clinics. This position is part of the HIV Outward Program providing care and support to people living with HIV who may have multiple complex care needs or vulnerabilities or needs. The Social Worker will provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments and reviews through the use of clinical reasoning, to formulate and facilitate timely quality care plans. The Social Work will provide counselling to those newly diagnosed with HIV, those with adjustment to illness or changes in care needs, and for other issues including HIV stigma. A patient directed approach is central to how the dynamic multi-disciplinary, team work with the patient. The development and maintenance of community linkages and partnerships particularity in the HIV sector are critically important in this position. The Social Worker will be required to consult with the HIV Social Work Team Leader, HIV Senior Social Workers and staff from other disciplines on issues relevant to patient care and provide advanced counselling and case work expertise. The Social Worker may provide inpatient social work to inpatient living with HIV to provide continuity of care OR ensure optimal patient care and contribute to ensuring services and discharge planning for the patient. This inpatient work will involve building close collaborations and open communication channels between members of all of these teams/units. The Social Worker may also provide inpatient Social Work to general ID (Infectious Diseases) inpatients.
The HIV Service
The HIV Service are national leaders in HIV clinical care and provide leadership into HIV policy development relating to clinical care. The Victorian HIV Service have numerous in hospital, outpatient and community services available to The HIV affected community of metropolitan Melbourne and throughout rural and regional Victoria.
Advanced social work skills and experience as evidenced by preferably 3+years post qualifying experience and a demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
Demonstrated experience in the area of health and an understanding of this diverse patient population and the issues impacting their lives. A knowledge hospital admission and discharge planning process.
The ability to work within a fast paced acute OR outpatient hospital environment and crisis responsive community context.
An understanding of HIV stigma, LGBTIQ, loneliness/isolation, CALD/ first nations populations, homelessness, family violence, financial vulnerability, NDIS, aged care
A good understanding of adjustment to illness and counselling support is vital for this role
Demonstrated experience in social work student supervision and an interest and commitment in the professional supervision of staff.
Ability to develop and lead a portfolio or clinic or program within the team
A good working knowledge of hospital and community settings and systems is crucial to this role as is a good understanding of working with an Electronic medical record
• Salary Packaging
• Discount Health Insurance
• Car Parking (subject to availability)
• Onsite Gym
• Child care services
All enquiries to Cate Rowe- HIV Senior Clinician on 9076 3026.
Applications close 11pm January 29, 2022
Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.