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Social Worker, Grade 2 | Drug And Alcohol


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  • Permanent Part-Time Position - 3 Days Per Week (22.8 hrs)
  • Based At St Vincent's in Fitzroy
  • Excellent Opportunity For A Drug And Alcohol Social Worker To Work In A Supportive Environment

About St Vincent's
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) is part of St Vincent’s Health Australia and a leading teaching, research and tertiary health service which employs more than 6,500 staff across 18 sites throughout Melbourne. SVHM provides a diverse range of adult clinical services including acute medical and surgical services, sub-acute care, medical diagnostics, rehabilitation, allied health, mental health, palliative care, correctional health and community residential care. SVHM is one of Australia's leading Catholic not-for-profit healthcare providers.

About the Department
The Social Work Department at SVHM is recognised as a leader in developing and delivering best clinical practice to highly vulnerable groups such as people experiencing homelessness, family violence and addiction. In addition to this, SVHM has a widely respected Aboriginal Health Unit and over 10 years of experience in designing a comprehensive clinical model of responding to Elder Abuse.

The Social Work Department is comprised of 3 teams and covers patients at St Vincent's Hospital in Fitzroy, St Vincent's on the Park in East Melbourne and St George's Hospital in Kew.

With a strong focus on innovative service delivery and continuous practice improvement, you will also benefit from the knowledge and support of a Grade 4 social worker who is dedicated to research and quality improvement.

About the Role
An opportunity currently exists for an Grade 2 Social Worker, with comprehensive experience in the Drug and Alcohol space to join our team on a permanent basis. This position works across both the inpatient wards and with the Addiction Medicine team to provide drug and alcohol counselling to St Vincent's patients experiencing issues with AOD. To fulfil this role, it is essential that you have a number of years of experience in working with people in the drug and alcohol space.

The successful candidate will have highly developed skills in assessment, counselling, facilitation of groups and the provision of secondary consultation to other social workers in the Social Work Department around AOD. Previous experience in an inpatient hospital setting will be highly regarded. The successful candidate will contribute to positive outcomes for patients via the provision of high quality social work service to patients using proficient clinical skills, effective communication and collaboration. Supervision of a Grade 1 social worker and/or social work student may be required. The successful candidate will be working in a supportive social work environment and receive regular supervision and professional development.

The successful candidate will be provided with a comprehensive and flexible professional development program, as well as structured supervision and support for clinical decision-making. Should there be interest, there is opportunity to work at different sites within SVHM, further enhancing career progression.

Classifications for this position will range from Social Worker Grade 2 SC21- SC24 ($81,300 - $93,400per annum).


  • Use your skills to provide a comprehensive and compassionate service to SVHM patients experiencing AOD issues
  • Liaise with patients, their families and/or carers to co-ordinate, facilitate and communicate patient treatment and outcomes
  • Liaise with other social workers to support their work with patients who have substance misuse issues and support the development of their clinical knowledge and skills
  • Actively participate in quality improvement and research activities
  • Provide supervision and participate in clinical education programs as required
  • Promote and develop positive relationships within the department, wider organisation and with community partners

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor Degree or Qualifying Masters in Social Work
  • Current Victorian Driver's Licence
  • Significant social work experience in a drug and alcohol setting is essential

Benefits of being an SVHM staff member

  • Central location - with excellent public transport links to all SVHM sites
  • Bike storage and showering facilities
  • A strong focus on employee wellbeing including the Employee Assistance Program and in-house STAR support available 24 hours a day
  • Salary Packaging, increase your take home pay
  • Staff car parking


  • Please attach your resume and cover letter to your application

At SVHM we acknowledge the importance of creating a work environment that is welcoming, safe, equitable and inclusive for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Employees and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. If you would like further information, contact our Indigenous Recruitment Coordinator through our careers page.

SVHA has a duty of care under work health and safety legislation to eliminate and/or control the risk of transmission of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) in healthcare settings. You are therefore required to comply with the SVHA Staff Health Screening Immunisation Policy, which, depending on the role you perform in the organisation will require you to undergo mandatory immunisations/vaccinations (including flu vaccinations).

All appointments are made subject to the candidate providing a current satisfactory National Police Certificate conducted by The Victoria Police.

Shortlisting for this position will commence immediately. We encourage you to apply promptly as the advertisement may close early should a suitable applicant be sourced.